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USS Zaniah (AG-70)
USS Zaniah (AK-120) (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Sierra - Quebec
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)
Basilan Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
Laid down, 29 October 1943, as SS Anthony F. Lucas, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2422) at Todd-Houston Shipbuilding Corp., Houston, TX.
Acquired by the US Navy, 2 November 1943
Renamed Zaniah and classified as a Cargo Ship, 13 November 1943
Launched, 12 December 1943
Commissioned USS Zaniah (AK-120), 22 December 1943, and ferried to Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Company, Mobile, AL.
Decommissioned, 28 December 1943
Converted to a special stores-barracks-distilling ship
Recommissioned as the Miscellaneous Auxiliary USS Zaniah (AG-70), 2 September 1944. LCDR. Henry Mayfield, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Zaniah was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 30 April to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS Zaniah was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 4 December 1945
Decommissioned, 29 April 1946, at Pearl Harbor, TH.
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1947
Turned over to the Maritime Commission, 23 May 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 July 1972, to Zidell Explorations Inc., delivered, 8 September 1972, broken up at Seattle-Tacoma, WA.
USS Zaniah earned one battle star for her WWII service
Displacement 4,350 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
twelve 20mm AA gun mounts
four .50 cal. machine guns
NSFO 8,115 Bbls
one Albina vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Zaniah (AG-70) underway near Pensacola, FL., 9 September 1944, after completing conversion for naval service
at Mobile, AL.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-244943 and unknown, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the
US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Zaniah (AG-70) divers. This photo exemplifies the men who worked at salvage and emergency repair during the Okinawa campaign.
Photo courtesy Captain James W. Greely.
Scanned from "Mud, Muscle, and Miracles" by Captain William I. Bartholomew, USN and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
||Ex-USS Zaniah (AG-70) moored, probably while laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., date unknown.
USS Zaniah (AG-70)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Mayfield, Henry, USNR||22 December 1943 - 4 December 1945|
|02||LT. Sweit, Robert J., USNR||4 December 1945 - 21 February 1946|
|03||LCDR. Harper, Roland F., USNR||21 February 1946 - 29 April 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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 2 December 2016
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