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USS Zebra (AKN-5)
ex
Zebra (IX-107) (1943 - 1944)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Charlie - Uniform
NJCU
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Indus Class Net Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 March 1943, as SS Matthew Lyon, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 535) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard #1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 11 April 1943
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration for operation under contract by Dichmann, W & P Co.
  • Torpedoed by the Japanese submarine HIJMS I-11, 12 August 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy and placed in service as Zebra (IX-107), 1 October 1943, at Esprirtu Santo, New Hebrides
  • Redesignated Net Cargo Ship AKN-5, 15 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS Zebra (AKN-5), 27 February 1944, CDR. Robert D. Abernethy, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Zebra was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 28 February to 16 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS Zebra was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 to 30 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 January 1946 at Norfolk, VA. and simultaneously returned to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Flee, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., 28 March 1972
  • USS Zebra earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Complement
    20 Officers
    208 Enlisted
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,000 BBls
    Diesel 2.000 BBls
    Propulsion
    one Willamette Vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox 220psi °450 boilers
    Ships Service Generators
    3 Recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C
    1 Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Zebra 1031k USS Zebra (AKN-5) departing a floating drydock at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands after total rehabilitation to operable status, 29 February 1944, two days after being commissioned AKN-5. Frank A.Gerhardt
    Zebra 81k USS Zebra (AKN-5) underway, date and location unknown. Zebra's stripes are Measure 32 Design 11F camouflage Joey Nigro-Nilsen for her father Anthony A. Nigro USS Zebra
    Zebra 50k Photo of unknown USS Zebra (AKN-5) crew member while at sea, date and location unknown. Joey Nigro-Nilsen for her father Anthony A. Nigro USS Zebra
    Zebra 74k USS Zebra (AKN-5) crew members on the main deck, date and location unknown. Joey Nigro-Nilsen for her father Anthony A. Nigro USS Zebra
    Zebra
    19-N-91181
    79k USS Zebra (AKN-5) in San Francisco Bay, 28 August 1945, after an overhaul at Oakland between May and July. During this overhaul the ship was fully upgraded to the standards of the Indus (AKN-1) class. The horizontal stiffeners on the side may be an effort to strengthen the hull which was may have been weaken by the 1943 torpedo damage. Note in the second photo the Sea Mule on deck forward, as in the Indus (AKN-1) class and in the third photo the full armament of one 5"/38 and four 40mm twin mounts, all fitted during this overhaul.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo #'s 19-N-91181, 19-N-91182 and 19-N-91183 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Zebra
    19-N-91182
    112k
    Zebra
    19-N-91183
    115k
    Zebra 66k USS Zebra (AKN-5) at anchor in Pearl Harbor, T.H., September 1945. James G. Brown for his father Ens. Edgar J. Brown, USS Zebra
    Zebra 97k USS Zebra (AKN-5) officers circa September 1945
    Front Row sitting, L. to R. Stuhr, Frederick (Supply Officer); Taylor, Sidney (1st. Lt.); Kraker, Urban M.(Navigator); Holly, William G. (CO); Warren, Howland (XO); Boss, Stanley S. (Comm); Maynard, Lawrence P. (Engineering); Smith, Ernest J.
    Back Row standing, L. to R. Brown, Edgar J. (3rd Div); Grube, Robert F. (5th Div); Long, Vincent F. (4th Div); Thompson, Richard (1st Div); Winfield, Holt N.; Dobson, Ralph W.; Morris, William N. (2nd Div); (not shown) Quinn, Luke A. (6th Div)
    James G. Brown for his father Ens. Edgar J. Brown, USS Zebra
    Zebra 96k USS Zebra (AKN-5) Ships Company on Parade as Milton R. Athey, receives his Purple Heart from Captain Holly. Next to Athey is Ens. Brown. Third Division. James G. Brown for his father Ens. Edgar J. Brown, USS Zebra
    Zebra 68k USS Zebra (AKN-5) Ships Company on Parade as Milton R. Athey, receives his Purple Heart from Captain Holly. Next to Athey is Ens. Brown. Third Division. James G. Brown for his father Ens. Edgar J. Brown, USS Zebra
    Zebra 156k Ex-Zebra (AKN-5) moored, probably at Union Minerals & Alloys Corp. breaker's yard, date unknown. David Nixon

    USS Zebra (IX-107 / AKN-05)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Abernethy, Robert Donald, USNR27 February 1944- 12 July 1945
    02LCDR. Holly William Gabriel, USNR12 July 1945 - 21 January 1946

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

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