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USS Pollux (AKS-4)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Tango - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (5)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (6-Taiwan Straits, 1-Quemoy-Matsu, 7-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Philippine Liberation Medal
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Castor Class General Stores Issue Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 October 1941, as SS Nancy Lykes, a Maritime Commission type (C2-Cargo) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull 131) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Hoboken, N.J.
  • Launched, 5 February 1942
  • Purchased by the Navy, 23 March 1942
  • Converted to a General Stores Issue Ship at Robbins Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Pollux (AKS-4), 27 April 1942, CAPT. E. J. Kidder in command
  • During World War II USS Pollux was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II and beyond USS Pollux was assigned to Occupation and China Service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    29 March 1947 to 15 June 194729 March 1947 to 15 June 1947
    19 September to 2 December 194719 September to 2 December 1947
    17 March to 24 May 194817 March to 24 May 1948
    8 to 23 May 194920 to 28 June 1949
     25 July to 6 August 1949
     9 April 1954
     25 to 29 January 1955
     6 to 14 February 1955
     2 to 3 March 1955

  • USS Pollux (AKS-4) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.1 Service Group - Repair and Service Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Placed in commission in reserve, 3 April 1950
  • Recommissioned, 5 August 1950, CAPT. Harry Benjamin Dodge in command
  • During the Korean War USS Pollux (AKS-4) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    30 October to 2 November 1950
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    3 to 4 May 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 November to 3 December 1950
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    22 to 23 September 1951
    First UN Counter Offensive
    31 January to 4 February 1951
    1 to 3 March 1951
    9 to 12 April 1951

  • During the Vietnam War USS Pollux (AKS-4) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    23 August to 8 September 1965
    1 to 10 November 1965
    18 to 25 November 1965
    30 November to 2 December 1965
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 February 1968
    10 to 25 March 1968
    1 April 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    4 January to 13 January 1966
    19 to 31 January 1966
    5 to 15 March 1966
    26 March to 7 April 1966
    26 May to 4 June 1966
    14 to 25 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 to 18 April 1968
    25 May to 10 June 1968
    17 to 24 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    9 August to 4 September 1966
    16 to 28 October 1966
    3 to 14 November 1966
    26 December 1966 to 10 January 1967
    17 to 23 January 1967
    7 to 26 March 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    31 July to 18 A8ugust 1968
    24 August to 3 September 1968
    5 to 22 October 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 17 June 1967
    4 to 19 August 1967
    29 August to 7 September 1967
    17 October to 3 November 1967
    9 to 16 November 1967
    31 December 1967 to 16 January 1968
    23 to 29 January 1968

  • Decommissioned, 31 December 1968 at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 September 1969, to Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Japan
  • USS Pollux received five battle stars for Korean War service and seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    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.
    two Diesel-drive 80Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Pollux 70k USS Pollux (AKS-4) underway off Boston Navy Yard, circa April 1942.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, College Park, MD., RG-80, Box 43, # 10260.
    Dan Treadwell
    Pollux 32k USS Pollux (AKS-4) underway, 19 June 1943, location unknown.
    USN photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pollux 61k USS Pollux (AKS-4) underway, 21 October 1944, in San Francisco Bay after an overhaul. The superstructure of this later C2 cargo ship was shorter and more compact than that of the two earlier ships in this class.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # USN 91585, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Pollux 533k USS Pollux (AKS-4) crew members de-mothballing the ship at San Francisco Naval Shipyard at Hunters Point , 2 July 1950.
    Photo file name AKS 4 5299-7-50, a US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Pollux 459k USS Pollux (AKS-4) Commanding Officer CAPT. Harry B. Dodge review list of supplies with the ship's Supply Officer LCDR. Alan M. Hamerslag in August 1950.
    Photo file name AKS 4 17381-50, a US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Pollux 24k USS Pollux (AKS-4) underway, date and location unknown. Gunter Krebs
    Pollux 82k Forward port quarter view of USS Pollux (AKS-4) while underway off Navy Supply Center Oakland, CA., 7 January 1952.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 11505-1-52, 1/7/52
    Darryl Baker
    Pollux 91k USS Pollux (AKS-4) moored at the Marine Terminal Pier, Subic Bay, Philippines, 7 April 1959. Note the additional fittings on her kingposts for the rapid transfer of cargo while underway.
    US Navy photo courtesy
    Mike Green
    CVA-61 Ranger + AKS-4 Pollux 215k

    USS Ranger (CVA-61) taking on supplies from USS Pollux (AKS-4)
    Photo from the Ranger's 1959 Cruise Book (3 January–27 July), probably taken in the Western Pacific.

    John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site
    Pollux 62k USS Pollux (AKS-4) at anchor, circa 1960, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pollux 97k USS Pollux (AKS-4) at anchor off the coast of Japan. The active volcano Mount Sakurajima is visible off her starboard beam.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1964
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Castor 40k USS Pollux (AKS-4) moored pierside aft of USS Castor (AKS-1), date unknown and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1968 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Perkins 122k USS Pollux (AKS-4) during a replenishment at sea with USS Perkins (DDR-877) and USS Oriskany (CVA-34) off Okinawa in 1960. Doug Smith
    Pollux 120k USS Pollux (AKS-4) and USS Midway (CVA-41) conducting an underway replenishment (UNREP) in 1964, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pollux 304k USS Pollux (AKS-4) and USS Intrepid (CVS-11) conducting an underway replenishment (UNREP), mid-late 1966, off the coast of Vietnam.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    122k USS Pollux (AKS-4) steaming alongside USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) during the carriers WESTPAC deployment, circa 1966-67. Gene McCallister USS Ticonderoga.
    Castor 60k USS Pollux (AKS-4) underway date unknown and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from USS Pollux Cruisebook
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    For more photos and information about USS Pollux, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Pollux AKS-2 and AKS-4
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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