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USS Talita (AKS-8)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Zulu - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Acubens Class General Stores Issue Ship:
Laid down, 23 April 1943, as SS Johathan Jennings a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE-2012) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
Launched, 12 May 1943
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 20 May 1943, at Portland OR.
Operated for the War Shipping Administration under contract by Alaska SS Lines from 20 May 1943 to 5 November 1943
Acquired by the Navy on a bare boat basis from the War Shipping Administration, 5 November 1943; renamed Talita, 13 November 1943
Converted to a General Stores Issue Ship at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL.
Commissioned USS Talita (AKS-8) 4 March 1944, CDR. Hans Harley, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Talita was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Talita was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 25 September to 1 November 1945
Decommissioned, 9 April 1947, at Pearl Harbor, T. H. and towed to San Francisco for lay up.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 July 1947
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 9 July 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 October 1962, to Union Minerals and Alloys for $47,389.99 (MA-3148), delivered, 5 November 1962
Displacement 5,240 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,230 DWT
non-refrigerated 219,018 Cu ft
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
NSFO 9,660 Bbls
Diesel 2,010 Bbls
one Iron Fireman vertical reciprocating steam engine
two Wickes header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Talita (AKS-8) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
USS Talita (AKS-8)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Harley, Hans||4 March 1944 - 26 August 1944|
|02||CDR. Cochrane, Edwin Fridley||26 August 1944 - 1 April 1945|
|03||CDR. Simmons, William Vincent||1 April 1945 - 29 May 1945|
|04||LCDR. Graves Jr., James H.||29 May 1945 - 10 November 1945|
|05||CDR. Simmons, William Vincent||10 November 1945 - ?|
|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 21 November 2014
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