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USS Pelias (AS-14)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Charlie - Papa
NBCP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


Griffin Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, 8 May 1939, as MV Mormacyork, a Maritime Commission type (C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 45), at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 14 November 1939
  • Delivered, 1 April 1940, to Moore McCormack Lines, Inc.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 15 November 1940, from Moore McCormack Lines, Inc.
  • Converted to a Submarine Tender at Bethlehem Steel Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Pelias (AS-14), 5 September 1941, at New York. CDR. William Wakefield in command
  • USS Pelias was at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941
  • Reduced status to In Commission in Reserve, 6 September 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Reduced status to In Service in Reserve, 1 February 1947
  • Reduced status to Out of service in Reserve, 21 October 1950
  • Decommissioned, 14 June 1970, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1972
  • USS Pelias earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred, 1 August 1972, to the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 October 1973, to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc. (PD-X-964 dated 5 September 1973) for $188,889.88. Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet anchorage, 7 November 1973
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,613 t.(lt) 14,500 t.(lim)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    99 officers
    968 enlisted
    Armament
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    four .50 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity 22,000 Bbls.
    Propulsion
    one Busch-Sulser diesel engine
    single Falk main reduction gear
    six Diesel-drive 275Kw 120V/240V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,900shp

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    USS Jason (ARH-1)
    Jason
    09250872
    768k
    Namesake
    Pelias seized the throne of Iolcos from the rightful heir, his half-brother, Aeson, Jason's father. For his safety Jason was sent away to the Centaur Chiron. Returning as a young man, Jason was promised his inheritance if he fetched the Golden Fleece for Pelias, a seemingly impossible task. After many adventures (see Argonaut) Jason abstracted the fleece with the help of the enchantress Medea, whom he married. On their return Medea murdered Pelias, but she and Jason were driven out by Pelias’ son and had to take refuge with King Creon of Corinth.
    Jason bringing Pelias the Golden Fleece; a winged victory prepares to crown him with a wreath. Side A from an Apulian red-figure calyx crater., circa 340 and circa 330 BC, Louvre Museum, Paris, France.
    Tommy Trampp
    Pelias 114k USS Pelias (AS-14) near Mare Island Navy Yard, 15 November 1941. The rig of this class as completed consisted of three heavy goalpost masts, two of which carried AA gun positions.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-25994, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Pelias 25k USS Pelias (AS-14) near Mare Island Navy Yard, 15 November 1941. The rig of this class as completed consisted of three heavy goalpost masts, two of which carried AA gun positions.
    US Navy photo.
    Jim Kurrasch
    Battleship Iowa Pacific Battleship Center
    Pelias 173k USS Pelias (AS-14) as seen from the troopship SS Klipfontein, 30 June 1942, while they were steaming in convoy, en route from San Francisco to Australia. Note soldiers watching, wearing old cork life jackets.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 170428 a copy of which is now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Pelias
    09361423
    The Subpeona
    472k USS Pelias (AS-14) crossing the line ceremony, 1 July 1942. Brian Bingham for his father ENS. Bruce G. Bingham, USNR USS Pelias
    Pelias
    09361422
    The Subpoena
    384k
    Pelias
    09361428
    The Pollywogs
    84k
    Pelias
    09361424
    The Court
    207k
    Pelias
    09361425
    The Beating
    62k
    Pelias
    09361426
    The Horrors
    69k
    Pelias
    09361427
    Shellback Certificate
    397k
    Pelias 1280k Drawing, Charcoal on Paper; by LCDR. Griffith Baily Coale, USNR; 1944
    At the narrow mouth of the Swan River, which flows into the Indian Ocean on Australia's western coast, is the port of Fremantle, Australia. Here tenders overhauled submarines. This picture shows the USS Pelias (AS-14) in the midest of her arduous duties, her people swarming over the subs, while their crews were ashore for well-earned leave. Before arriving in Fremantle the Pelias was present during the attack on Pearl Harbor and afterwards performed seventy-five complete overhauls of the ships there.
    US Navy Accession #: 88-188-AN
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Pelias 84k USS Pelias (AS-14) near Mare Island Navy Yard, 5 March 1944. The ship has undergone essentially the same major reconfiguration as her sister USS Griffin (AS-13). Her stacks retains its distinctive cap, which Griffin lacked.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-71570, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Pelias 371k Bow view of USS Pelias (AS-14) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 June 1944 while undergoing repair and modification. Ships at the opposite pier are the French Frigate Cap Des Palmes (left) and USS Grand Island (PF-14).
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, file name: AS 14 3724-44, 6/21/44
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 402k Stern view of USS Pelias (AS-14) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 June 1944 while undergoing repair and modification. Ships at the opposite pier are the French Frigate Cap Des Palmes (left) and USS Grand Island (PF-14).
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, file name: AS 14 3726-44, 6/21/44
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 477k Stern view of USS Pelias (AS-14) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 August 1944 while undergoing repair and modification. YD-98 and the a small portion of YD-84 are seen at the opposite pier (south side) with the USS Vestal (AR-4) on the north side of the pier.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, file name: AS 14 5204-44, 8/13/44
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 321k Bow view of USS Pelias (AS-14) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 August 1944 while undergoing repair and modification.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, file name: AS 14 5205-44, 8/13/44
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 212k Stern view of USS Pelias (AS-14) on trials after modifications at Mare Island Navy Yard, 25 August 1944.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, file name: AS 14 5417-44, 8/25/44
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 250k Bow view of USS Pelias (AS-14) on trials after modifications at Mare Island Navy Yard, 25 August 1944.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, file name: AS 14 5421-44
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 225k Broadside view of USS Pelias (AS-14) on trials after modifications at Mare Island Navy Yard, 25 August 1944.
    Note Pelias is painted Camouflage Measure 32, Design 10Ax.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, file name: AS 14 5422-44, Navy Photo, 8/25/44.
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 263k Broadside view of USS Pelias (AS-14) berthed with the Mare Island Reserve Fleet in March 1946.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, File name: AS 14 10X1-3-46
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 313k USS Pelias (AS-14) entering the reserve fleet at Mare Island, 26 August 1950.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, file name: AS 14 6794-8-50, 8/26/50
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 220k Overhead view of: front to back,
    USS Griffin (AS-13),
    USS Euryale (AS-22),
    USS Aegir (AS-23), and
    USS Pelias (AS-14) moored in the Reserve Fleet, at Mare Island Navy Shipyard, Vallejo, CA. with 52 mothballed World War II submarines, circa 1946
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 484k USS Pelias (AS-14) in full dress for Navy Day at Mare Island Reserve Fleet, 27 October 1960.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, file name: AS 14 493X1-10-60
    Darryl Baker
    George Eastman 193k Ships in reserve at Mare Island, Vallejo, CA. in 1967. From left to right:
    USS Carmick (DD-493,
    USS Stafford (DE-411),
    Unidentified Non Self-propelled Barracks Ship (APL)
    USS Pelias (AS-14)
    USS George Eastman (YAG-39)
    Unidentified Destroyer or Destroyer Escort and two unidentified Self-propelled Oil Barges YOs.
    ©Richard Leonhardt
    Vanderburgh 885k Mare Island Reserve Fleet, June 1967. Recognizable ships include USS Pelias (AS-14), USS Vanderburgh (APB-48), APL-3 (inboard of Vanderburgh), and USS Pine Island (AV-12) in the background.
    Photo # MINSY 79270-9-67 TH APB 48 from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 397k USS Pelias (AS-14) in reserve at Mare Island, circa 1969.
    Scott Koen
    Pelias 375k Acania at Mare Island Reserve Fleet, 27 June 1971 with USS Pelias (AS-14) is in the background. Acania had a varied career which included service with the Coast Guard, Stanford Research Institute, DOD- Atomic Support Agency and the Navy Postgraduate School. There is no record at Navsource to indicate she was ever assigned a hull number.
    Photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Also see Acania History
    Darryl Baker

    USS Pelias (AS-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Wakefield, William, USN5 September 1941 - 1 April 1944
    02CDR. Swanston, William Alexander, USN (USNA 1920)1 April 1944 - 15 October 1945
    03CDR. O'Kane, Richard Hetherington, USN (USNA 1934) :RADM1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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