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USS Hecuba (AKS-12)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Whiskey - Yankee
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 George W. Cable, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 2825) at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, 6 November 1944
Acquired by the Navy, date unknown
Completed as a General Stores Issue Ship at Todd-Johnson Drydocks Corp.
Commissioned USS Hecuba (AKS-12), 21 April 1945, CDR. Northrup H. Castle USNR in command
During World War II USS Hecuba was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Hecuba was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 October to 29 November 1945
Decommissioned, 26 March 1947, at 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
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission at San Francisco. 10 July 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 September 1964, to Schintzer Steel Products Co., Portland, OR. (PD-X-676 dated 31 August 1964), $150,250.00, in a three ship deal, delivered, 19 October 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 2,500 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 Babcock and Wilcox 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 Hecuba (AKS-12) under way, circa 1945. Note non-standard stack top on this "Liberty" ship.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 89191
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USS Hecuba (AKS-12)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Castle, Northrup Herman, USNR||21 April 1945 - 14 October 1945|
|02||LT. Benthusen, Harold Alfred, USN||14 October 1945 - 20 December 1945|
|03||LT. Blanchard, George J., USNR||20 December 1945 - 3 January 1946|
|04||CDR. McCann, Francis Wylie, USNR (USNA 1927)||3 January 1946 - 26 March 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 13 April 2018
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