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USS Gratia (AKS-11)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Whiskey - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - 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, date unknown, as SS John W. Draper a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 2823) at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, 21 October 1944
Completed and acquired by the Navy, 20 November 1944
Commissioned USS Gratia (AKS-11), 5 May 1945, LT. Charles Bruning Gray in command
Decommissioned, 23 November 1944
Recommissioned, 5 May 1945, LCDR. William Jonelli in command
During World War II USS Gratia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II Gratia was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for 21 January to 6 March 1946
Decommissioned, 1 July 1946 at Pearl Harbor
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 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
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 July 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 October 1964, to Nicolai Joffe Corp. for $111,226.00, in a two ship sale (PD-X-678 dated 28 September 19640, delivered 4 November 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 9,640 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 Gratia (AKS-11) commissioning ceremony, 5 May 1945
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||USS Gratia (AKS-11) under way, off San Francisco, CA., in 1945-46.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo NH 77390, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California, 1973.
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