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USS Tuscana (AKN-3)
Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Alpha - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (28 March 1945, Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal
Indus Class Net Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 5 December 1943, as SS William R. Cox, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2406) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Launched, 29 December 1943
Completed and delivered to the US Navy, 8 January 1944, as a bareboat charter, renamed Tuscana
Converted to a Net Cargo Ship at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD.
Commissioned USS Tuscana (AKN-3), 29 March 1944, CDR. Thomas J. Butler, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Tuscana was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 1 to 10 August 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 April to 6 June 1945
Following World War II USS Tuscana was assigned to Occupation duty from 13 October to 22 November 1945
Decommissioned, 28 January 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 January 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 March 1967, to Horton Industries, Inc. for $50,600.00 (PD-X-752 dated 1 March 1967)
USS Tuscana earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 10,000 Bbls
Diesel 2,000 Bbls
one General Machine Corp. vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||SS William R. Cox launching, 29 March 1943, at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD.
||USS Tuscana (AKN-3) in Chesapeake Bay near Baltimore, 5 April 1944.
US Navy Bureau of Ships photo # 19-N-63634
from the collections of the US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Tuscana (AKN-3) underway probably in Chesapeake Bay near Baltimore, circa 5 April 1944.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
USS Tuscana (AKN-3)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Butler, Thomas J., USNR||29 March 1944 - 14 January 1945|
|02||CDR. Ames, John G., USNR||14 January 1945 - 13 June 1945|
|03||CDR. Ide, Charles E., USNR||13 June 1945 - 16 December 1945|
|04||LCDR. Waugh, Gordon Bruce, USNR||16 December 1945 - 28 January 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 30 October 2015
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