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USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Uniform - Whiskey
NAUW
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Kenneth Whiting Class Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 23 August 1943, as a Maritime Commission C3-S-A1 hull under a Maritime Commission contract at Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched, 23 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17), 21 August 1944, CAPT. Etheridge Grant in command
  • During World War II USS Cumberland Sound was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II Cumberland Sound performed occupation duty in the Far East until 24 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 27 May 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1961
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 23 April 1962, for disposal
  • Sold to National Metal & Steel Corp, 23 April 1962
  • Converted to a cargo barge in June 1964
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,510 t.(lt) 14,000 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 5"
    Draft 22'
    Speed 18.7 kts. (trial)
    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
    Propulsion
    one Allis Chalmers steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gear
    three 500Kw 450V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Cumberland Sound 92k USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) underway in Puget Sound, 28 August 1944, a week after commissioning. Note she is painted camouflage scheme 32/8Ax.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-70446, RG-19 LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Cumberland Sound 87k USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) at anchor in Puget Sound, circa 28 August 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-70454, RG-19 LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Cumberland Sound 131k USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) underway off the US Pacific coast during her shakedown period, 20 September 1944.
    US Navy photo # NH 55532 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Cumberland Sound 1005k USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) underway off the US Pacific coast during her shakedown period, 20 September 1944.
    US Navy photo by LTtjg Mills from an airship of squadron ZP-31, piloted by LTjg. Hannen.
    David Buell
    Cumberland Sound 70k USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Haze Gray & Underway
    Cumberland Sound 33k USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII

    USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Grant, Etheridge :RADM21 August 1944 - 2 November 1945
    02CAPT. Horney, Harry Ray2 November 1945 - 1 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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