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USS Volans (AKS-9)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Zulu - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Acubens Class General Stores Issue Ship
Laid down, 19 October 1942, as SS Edward Preble a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 772) at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
Launched, 2 February 1943
Designated General Stores Issue Ship (AKS-9), 13 November 1943
Fitted out at Tampa Bay Shipbuilding Co., Inc
Commissioned USS Volans (AKS-9), 31 March 1944, CDR. Sherman R. Perie, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Volans was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Volans was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|5 October to 29 November 1945||
|26 December 1945 to 16 February 1946||25 December 1945 to 16 February 1946
|17 to 21 February 1946||
Decommissioned, 17 June 1946, at Pearl Harbor
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 July 1946
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
Towed to San Francisco and delivered to the Maritime Commission National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, 24 June 1947, for disposal, name reverted to SS Edward Preble
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 December 1964, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp. for $121,056.00 in a 2 ship sale, (PD-X-681 dated 17 November 1964), delivered 17 December 1964
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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||Volans (AKS-9) moored to a buoy in the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 1946.
USS Volans (AKS-9)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Perie, Sherman P. USNR||31 March 1944 - 31 October 1944|
|02||LCDR. Scudder, Manuel||31 October 1944 - 17 June 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 6 November 2015
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