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USNS Cardinal O'Connell (T-AKV-7)


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National Defense Service Medal

Cardinal O'Connell Aircraft Transport:
  • Laid down, 11 June 1945, as SS Cardinal O'Connell, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 3129), at New England Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, ME.
  • Launched, 31 August 1945
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 28 September 1945, transferred under a General Agency Agreement to American Export Lines Inc.
  • Returned to the War Shipping Agency, 29 October 1945, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Reactivated for charter to the US Army Transportation Service, 15 February 1947
  • Commissioned USAT Cardinal O'Connell, date unknown, for use as an aircraft and cargo transport
  • Decommissioned by the US Army, circa 1949
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950, and placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Cardinal O'Connell (T-AKV-7)
  • Placed out of service, 13 January 1954
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 March 1954
  • Reacquired by the US Navy, 2 September 1969, at Olympia, WA.
  • Final Disposition, scuttled 93 miles off Cape Flattery, WA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,365 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 59'
    Draft 22'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Propulsion
    two 220 PSI boilers
    one three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine
    single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp

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    Cardinal O'Connell 110k SSCardinal O'Connell under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    USNS Cardinal O'Connell (T-AKV-7)
    Cardinal O'Connell 15k USNSCardinal O'Connell (T-AKV-7) at anchor, date and location unknown. Gunter Krebs

    USNS Cardinal O'Connell (T-AKV-7)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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