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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. N. H. Castle in command
  • During and following World War II USS Hecuba was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and performed Occupation duty for the following period, 23 October to 29 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 March 1947, at Pearl Harbor
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, at San Francisco for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 October 1964, to Schintzer Steel Products Co., Portland, OR
    Displacement 5,240 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 180
    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
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Gratia 236k USS Hecuba (AKS-12) underway at Pearl Harbor, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USS Hecuba (AKS-12)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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