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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
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1940
  • 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
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 October 1973 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, 1 October 1973
  • USS Pelias received one battle star for World War 11 service
    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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    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 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).
    File name: AS 14 3724-44, Navy Photo, 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).
    File name: AS 14 3726-44, Navy Photo, 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.
    File name: AS 14 5204-44, Navy Photo, 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.
    File name: AS 14 5205-44, Navy Photo, 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.
    File name: AS 14 5417-44, Navy Photo, 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.
    File name: AS 14 5421-44, Navy Photo, 8/25/44.
    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.
    File name: AS 14 5422-44, Navy Photo, 8/25/44.
    Darryl Baker
    Pelias 313k USS Pelias (AS-14) entering the reserve fleet at Mare Island, 26 August 1950.
    File name: AS 14 6794-8-50, Navy Photo, 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 28k USS Pelias (AS-14) moored off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, circa 1952.
    US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1954-55".
    Robert Hurst
    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.
    Darry 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)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Wakefield, William5 September 1941 - 1 April 1944
    02CDR. Swanston, William Alexander1 April 1944 - ?
    03CDR. O'Kane, Richard Hetherington :RADM1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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