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USNS Aiken Victory (T-AP-188)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Yankee - November
NDYN
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (8) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


  • Launched, 30 November 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 30 December 1944, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Operated by Mississippi Shipping, under a contract with the Maritime Commission
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 21 July 1950
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 21 July 1950, and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Aiken Victory (T-AP-188)
  • During the Korean War USNS Aiken Victory participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    16 to 29 October 1950
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    15 to 16 June1951
    Communist China Aggression
    5 to 10 November 1950
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    12 to 13 August 1951
    22 to 23 September 1951
    13 to 14 November 1951
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 15 September 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    29 to 30 April 1952
    First UN Counter Offensive
    4 to 5 April 1951
    13 April 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 May 1952
    1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, June 1952
    9 to 10, 12, 14, 21 to 22, 25 September 1952

  • Placed out of service in late 1952
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 19 December 1952, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 February 1953
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 August 1971, to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., Portland, OR.
  • USNS Aiken Victory received eight battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications
    Displacement 4,480 t.(lt) 10,680 t.(fl)
    Length 455' 3"
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 6"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Complement unknown
    Troop Capacity unknown
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 18,575 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse cross compound steam turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers 525psi 750°
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp
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    Aiken Victory 264k Stern view of SS Aiken Victory moored pierside, probably in European port ready to embark returning GIs, January 1946 CAPT. Charles H. Foertmeyer MD, 305th Medical Battalion, 80th Infantry Division, 3rd Army
    Aiken Victory 116k SS Aiken Victory returning troops from Europe, January 1946. CAPT. Charles H. Foertmeyer MD, 305th Medical Battalion, 80th Infantry Division, 3rd Army
    Aiken Victory 57k SS Aiken Victory arriving at San Francisco, CA., circa 1947-48, returning US troops from the Far East. Aiken Victory was operated by Mississippi Shipping, under a contact awarded by the War Shipping Administration (WSA). Photo by Pictorial Studios, San Francisco, CA. Jim Woodworth
    Aiken Victory 126k GIs lounge on the main deck of SS Aiken Victory while she was employed in transporting US military personnel from the Far East back to the US after World War II., circa 1947-48 Photo by Edwin S. Woodworth, submitted by his son Jim Woodworth
    Aiken Victory 73k GIs taking part in a lifeboat drill aboard SS Aiken Victory while she was transporting US military personnel from the Far East back to the US after World War II., circa 1947-48 Photo by Edwin S. Woodworth, submitted by his son Jim Woodworth

    USNS Aiken Victory (T-AP-188)
    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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