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USS Kochab (AKS-6)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - November - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Acubens Class General Stores Issue Ship:
Laid down (date unknown) as a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, 8 March 1944
Converted to a General Stores Issue Ship at Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co., Mobile AL.
Placed in reduced commission for transit to her fitting out yard, 2 to 5 May 1945
Re-commissioned USS Kochab (AKS-6), 4 November 1944, at Mobile, AL., LCDR. Roswell E. King USNR in command
During World War II USS Kochab was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and capture of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS Kochab was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 14 October to 8 November 1945
Decommissioned, 17 April 1946, at Peal Harbor, T.H.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Pearl Harbor
All ships of the Acubens class were meant to be used as Bikini Assets, in 'C' test and were kept at Pearl Harbor until a decision was made in 1947 to transfer
custody of these ships to the Maritime Commission
Transferred under tow to San Francisco, 28 September 1947
Struck from the Naval Register and turned over to the Maritime Commission, 22 October 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 January 1965, to Nicolas Joffe Corp., Beverly Hills, CA. for $61,538.32 (PD-X-682 dated 17 December 1964)
Kochab earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 7"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 27' 7"
Speed 12.5 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
eight single 20mm gun mounts
NSFO 13,475 Bbls
Diesel 695 Bbls
one Iron Fireman vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
two turbo-drive 150Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single shaft, 2,500hp
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||USS Kochab (AKS-6) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Hyperwar US Navy in WWII|
||USS Kochab (AKS-6) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||Operation Crossroads prospective target ships and support ships at Pearl Harbor in a photo released, 27 February 1946.
Ships present from front to rear include USS Crittenden (APA-77), USS Catron (APA-71), USS Bracken (APA-64), USS Burleson (APA-67), USS Gilliam (APA-57), Fallon (APA-81), one
unidentified ship, USS Fillmore (APA-83),
USS Kochab (AKS-6),
USS Luna (AKS-7) and an unidentified tanker and liberty ship. Identifiable on the right are USS LSM-203 and USS LSM-465. Further in the background are a floating drydock and a merchant ship hulk with unidentified fittings forward of the bridge.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-702126 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
USS Kochab (AKS-6)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS).
|01||LCDR. King, Rosewell Edward, USNR||4 November 1944 - 18 September 1945|
|02||LT. Lamka, Raymone W., USNR||18 September 1945 - 13 December 1945|
|03||LTjg. Thurman Jr., Emmett. C., USNR||13 December 1945 - 7 January 1946|
|04||CDR. Gaither, Earl Paul, USNR||7 January 1946 - 17 April 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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