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USS Anacapa (AG-49)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Tango. - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built in 1919 at Pusey and Jones Corp., Wilmington, DE., as SS Coos Bay for the Coos Bay Lumber Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 20 June 1942
  • Converted for naval service as a "Q"-ship at the Naval Repair Base San Diego, CA.
  • Commissioned, USS Anacapa (AG-49), 31 August 1942, CDR. Albert M. Wright USN (Ret.) in command.
  • During World War II USS Anacapa was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 21 March 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 12 August 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • sold, 30 January 1947, to Oliver J. Olson & Co., 14 April 1947, renamed SS George Olson
  • Converted to a barge, 22 May 1963
  • Final Disposition, lost in February 1964
    Displacement 7,420 t.(fl)
    Length 335' 3"
    Beam 49' 10"
    Draft 20' 5"
    Speed 8 kts
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 145
    Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
    two single 4"/50 gun mounts
    two single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge projector
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 600 Bbls
    one Pusey & Jones vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Scotch single-end boilers, 190psi Sat.
    three turbo-drive 25Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,650shp

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    Anacapa 108k USS Anacapa (AG-49) probably photographed during 1942 or 1943 while serving as a "Q-ship" (submarine decoy ship) in the Pacific.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Anacapa 200k USS Anacapa (AG-49) underway during 1942 or 1943 while serving as a "Q-ship" (submarine decoy ship) in the Pacific.
    US Navy photo
    Jim Kurrasch
    Battleship Iowa Pacific Battleship Center
    Anacapa 48k USS Anacapa (AG-49) yeoman and storekeepers. (none of them are wearing a complete uniform, probably typical for Q-ship duty), 1 January 1944, location unknown.
    Photo by crew member William McCune.
    Robert Hurst
    Anacapa 46k USS Anacapa (AG-49) crew and 4"/50 gun mount, these guns were disguised as crates when not in use, 1 January 1944, location unknown.
    Photo by crew member William McCune.
    Robert Hurst
    Anacapa 47k USS Anacapa (AG-49) moored pierside in Alaska, 1 January 1945.
    Photo by crew member William McCune.
    Robert Hurst
    Anacapa 60k USS Anacapa (AG-49) enters Floating Drydock ARD-13, 10 February 1945, at Ulithi to receive repairs to her rudder and stern tube, in what appears to be rather battered camouflage. Note the hinged flaps just aft the anchor--a reminder of her previous career as a "Q"-ship.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-355446, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Anacapa 102k USS Anacapa (AG-49) in San Francisco Bay on 13 December 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 77380, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Anacapa (AG-49)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Wright, Albert McIntyre USN (Ret)31 August 1942 - 18 March 1944
    02LCDR. Ball, William Charles USNR18 March 1944 - 27 December 1944
    03LT. Campbell, David Albert, USNR27 December 1944 - 20 April 1945
    04LT. Ford, Ralph Robert USNR20 April 1945 - 17 September 1945
    05LTjg. Johnson, John Fitzgerald USNR (temporary)17 September 1945 - 20 February 1946
    06LTjg. Collins, Richard Martin USNR20 February 1946 - 21 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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