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USS Pollux (AKS-2)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Castor Class General Stores Issue Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 May 1939. as SS Comet, a Maritime Commission type (C2-Cargo) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 33) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • Launched, 16 December 1939
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 16 January 1941
  • Converted to a General Stores Issue Ship at Brewers Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Hoboken, N.J.
  • Commissioned USS Pollux (AKS-2), 6 May 1941, CDR. Hugh W. Turney in command
  • Lost due to grounding, 18 February 1942, off St. Lawrence Harbor, Newfoundland at Laun's Point
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 March 1942
    Displacement 7,350 t.(lt) 14,400 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 5"
    Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 184
    Cargo Capacity 4,660 t.
    non-refrigerated 23,800 Cu ft
    refrigerated 347,769 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 10,850 Bbls
    one General Electric-Curtis steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 80Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Pollux 73k USS Pollux (AKS-2) underway, 26 May 1941, after initial conversion at Brewer Shipbuilding and Drydock Co, Staten Island.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 19-N-24140, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Pollux 73k USS Pollux (AKS-2) underway off Boston Navy Yard, 10 October 1941.
    US Navy photo (Boston Navy Yard photo # 2532-41, 10 October 1941) now in the collections of the US National Archives, College Park, MD., RG-19-LCM, Box 69.
    Dan Treadwell
    Pollux 46k USS Pollux (AKS-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USS Pollux (AKS-2)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Pollux AKS-2 and AKS-4

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