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USS Iolanda (AKS-14)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Xray - Charlie
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Acubens Class General Stores Issue Ship:
Laid down as SS William A Dobson, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under a Maritime Commission contract at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
Launched, 21 October 1944
Acquired by the Navy, 30 October 1944, placed in reduced commission for transit to her fitting out yard, LCDR. James H. Graves, Jr., USNR, (Aux Ferry Crew #1) in command
Decommissioned, 31 October 1944, at Bethlehem Steel's Simpson Yard, East Boston, MA. for conversion to
a General Stores Issue Ship
Recommissioned USS Iolanda (AKS-14), 14 June 1945, LCDR. Eugene G. Kelly, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Iolanda was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Iolanda was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|25 September to 6 October 1945||7 October 1945 to 26 January 1946
| ||14 March to 10 April 1946
Decommissioned, 11 July 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
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, 14 April 1947, at San Francisco for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 November 1972, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp, for $40,000.00 (PD-X-949) delivered, 30 January 1973, scrapped by NASSCO at Terminal Island, CA.
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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||Invitation to the Commissioning Ceremony of USS Iolanda (AKS-14) at Bethlehem Steels Simpson Shipyard, East Boston, MA., Tuesday, 12 June 1945.
||USS Iolanda (AKS-14) underway, date and location unknown.
USS Iolanda (AKS-14)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
| ||LCDR. Graves, Jr., James Henry, USNR (Aux Ferry Crew #1)||30 October 1944 - 31 October 1944|
| ||Decommissioned|| 41 October 1944 - 14 June 1945|
|01||LCDR. Kelly, Eugene Glenn, USNR||14 June 1945 - 27 February 1946|
|02||LCDR. Sverre, K., USNR||27 February 1946 - 11 July 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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