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USS Gratia (AKS-11)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Whiskey - Whiskey
NCWW
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 and following World War II USS Gratia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and performed Occupation duty for the following period, 21 January to 6 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1946 at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1946
  • 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, 4 November 1964, to Nicolai Joffe Corp.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,240 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 24
    Enlisted 194
    Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,230 DWT
    non-refrigerated 219,018 Cu ft
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,640 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Gratia 57k USS Gratia (AKS-11) commissioning ceremony, 5 May 1945 Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Gratia 249k USS Gratia (AKS-11) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USS Gratia (AKS-11)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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