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USS De Grasse (AK-223)
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USS De Grasse (AP-164) (1944)
November - Kilo - Whiskey - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 31 January 1943, as SS Nathaniel J. Wyeth, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1598) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
Launched, 24 February 1943
Classified as a Transport and renamed De Grasse, 27 October 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 28 October 1943
Converted for Naval service at United Engineering Co., Alameda, CA.
Commissioned USS De Grasse (AP-164), 8 November 1943, LCDR. Wayne Jordan, USNR, in command
Reclassified a Cargo Ship, (AK-223), 20 August 1944
During World War II USS De Grasse was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 3 to 8 February and March 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 April to 5 May 1945
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 20 June to 3 July 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 15 August 1944
Decommissioned, 28 March 1946, and delivered to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., named reverted to SS Nathaniel J. Wyeth
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 February 1970, to Union Minerals & Alloys, Corp.
Physically withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 17 March 1970
USS De Grasse earned three battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.8 kts (trial)
Cargo Capacity 4,430 DWT
non-refrigerated 300,000 Cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
NSFO 9,960 Bbls
Diesel 2,010 Bbls
one Iron Fireman vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 250psi, 450°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 120Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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Admiral Comte de Grasse (1722-1788) commanded the French Fleet which defeated the British in the Battle off the Virginia Capes, 5 September 1781. Lord Cornwallis' army, cut off from sea support by De Grasse, surrendered to General Washington at Yorktown—the most decisive victory of the Revolutionary War.
Photo of French Admiral Count de Grasse.from the U.S. National Archives
||USS De Grasse (AK-223) in San Francisco Bay, circa January 1946.
The rails are crowded with troops returning home on this Magic Carpet voyage.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 77387, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS De Grasse (AP-164 / AK-223)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Jordan, Wayne, USNR||8 November 1943 - 1944|
|02||LCDR. Schultz, Frank William||1944 - September 1945|
|03||LCDR. Gilbert, Jack Robinson||September 1945 - 28 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 11 July 2014
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