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USS De Grasse (AK-223)
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USS De Grasse (AP-164) (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - Golf
NKWG
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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
    Marianas operation
    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  • Physically withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 17 March 1970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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.8 kts (trial)
    Complement 256
    Total Accommodations
    Officers 81
    Enlisted 1,095
    Cargo Capacity 4,430 DWT
    non-refrigerated 300,000 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 9,960 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Namesake

    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
    Bill Gonyo
    De Grasse 83k 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
    Mike Green

    USS De Grasse (AP-164 / AK-223)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Jordan, Wayne, USNR8 November 1943 - 1944
    02LCDR. Schultz, Frank William1944 - September 1945
    03LCDR. Gilbert, Jack RobinsonSeptember 1945 - 28 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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