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USS Hamlin (AV-15)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Xray - Papa
NAXP
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)


Kenneth Whiting Class Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, at Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Tacoma, WA; Launched, 11 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Hamlin (AV-15), 26 June 1944, CAPT. Gordon Alexander McLean (RADM) in command
  • During World War II USS Hamlin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo JIma operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 8 March 1945
    3d Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 25 July 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
     

  • Following World War II USS Hamlin was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September t o15 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 18 January 1947 at San Diego, CA
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA.
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, September 1962 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Stuck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 March 1962, to National Minerals & Alloys Corp.
  • USS Hamlin earned three battle stars for service in World War II
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,510 t.(lt) 12,610 t.(fl) 14,000 t.(lim)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 23' 9" (lim)
    Speed 18.7 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 113
    Enlisted 964
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,675Bbls
    Diesel 760Bbls
    Gasoline 312,475 Gals
    Propulsion
    one Allis Chalmers steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 500Kw 450V A.C.
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Hamlin 94k USS Hamlin (AV-15) at anchor, 13 February 1945, in Tanapag Harbor, Saipan. Hamlin is painted in Measure 32/8Ax camouflage.
    US National Archives Photo # RG-80-G-306648, (taken from USS Chandeleur (AV-10)). A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green

    USS Hamlin (AV-15)
    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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