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USS Kaula (AG-33)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Juliet - Kilo
NBJK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Kaula Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
  • Built in 1938 by Henry Robb, Ltd., Leith, Scotland
  • Acquired as MV Cubahama, 3 January 1941, from her owner, Balboa Shipping Co., N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Kaula (AG-33), 22 January 1941 at Baltimore. MD., LCDR. William L. Ware in command
  • During World War II USS Kaula was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • July 1945 USS Kaula was assigned to the 17th Coast Guard District for duty in Alaskan waters.
  • Decommissioned, 14 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 15 July 1946 for sale to her former owners, renamed MV Cubahama
  • Renamed MV Wandajean in 1976
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown, disappeared from shipping records in 1993
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,100 t.(lt) 2,250 t.(fl)
    Length 269' 9"
    Beam 38' 3"
    Draft 13' 5" (lim)
    Speed 15.1 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 63
    Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
    Armament
    one single 4"/50 cal gun mount
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,120 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Atlas Diesel engines Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 240V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 40Kw 240V D.C.
    two propellers, 2,240shp

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    Kaula 117k USS Kaula underway, 21 April 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # 19-N-48584, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Kaula 97k Broadside view of USS Kaula (AG-33) underway in Puget Sound, 26 July 1945.
    Naval Air Station, Seattle photo # 19-N-89167, a Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives RG-19-LCM.
    Robert Hurst
    Kaula 99k Port stern quarter view of USS Kaula (AG-33) underway in Puget Sound, 26 July 1945.
    Naval Air Station, Seattle photo # 19-N-89169, a Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives RG-19-LCM.
    Robert Hurst
    Kaula 94k Starboard bow view of USS Kaula (AG-33) underway in Puget Sound, 26 July 1945.
    Naval Air Station, Seattle photo # 19-N-89168, a Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives RG-19-LCM.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Kaula (AG-33)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Ware, William Lynch22 January 1941 - December 1941
    02LCDR. Rutt, Brunice Lincoln (24)December 1941 - 1942
    03LCDR. Kanakanui, William Atherton1942 - 1943
    04LCDR. McManus, Eugene L.1943 - November 1943
    05LCDR. Hassel, EdwinNovember 1943 - 1945
    06LT. Lindhout, Donald, L. (NG)1945 - 14 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Kaula (AG-33) Documents contributed by Ron Neish
    US Coast Guard Historians Office - USS Kaula (AG-33)
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