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USS Baham (AG-71)
USS Baham (AK-122) (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Delta - Papa

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Crater Class Cargo Ship / Basilan Class MIscellaneous Auxiliary
Laid down, 10 November 1943, as SS Elizabeth C. Bellamy, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1217) at St. John's River Shipbuilding Corp., Jacksonville, FL.
  • Name changed to Baham and designated AK-122, 23 November 1943
  • Launched, 21 December 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 31 December 1943
  • Placed in reduced commission, 1 January 1944, as USS Baham (AK-122) for transit to her conversion yard
  • Converted to a combination repair distilling and stores issuing ship
  • Reclassified a Basilan Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary, 14 March 1944
  • Placed in full commission as USS Baham (AG-71), 18 August 1944, LT. Gavin L. Field, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Baham was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Baham was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 16 September 1945 to 8 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 19 July 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Pearl Harbor
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1947
  • Towed to Suisun Bay, Benecia CA.
  • Transferred, 30 June 1947, to the Maritime Commission at Suisun Bay for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 June 1972, to the Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y.
    Displacement 4,350 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 23'
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 166
    Staff Accommodations
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 733
    Largest Boom Capacity 36 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,115 Bbls
    Diesel 740 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 150Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Baham 87k Starboard quarter view of USS Baham (AG-71) underway in the Cooper River off Charleston, S.C, 23 August 1944.
    US Navy Yard Charleston S.C photo #2363-44.
    Robert Hall
    Baham 49k Stern view of USS Baham (AG-71) underway in the Cooper River off Charleston, S.C, 23 August 1944.
    US Navy Yard Charleston S.C photo #2364-44.
    Robert Hall
    Baham 106k USS Baham (AG-71) underway in the Cooper River off Charleston, S.C, 23 August 1944.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-70271, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    173k USS Baham (AG-71) at anchor, circa late 1945, in the Far East. David Wright

    USS Baham (AK-122 / AG-71)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Field, Gavin Lewis USNR18 August 1944 - 8 October 1944
    02CDR. Hurd, Francis David8 October 1944 - 19 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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