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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"
Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
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
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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||Starboard quarter view of USS Baham (AG-71) under way in the Cooper River off Charleston, S.C, 23 August 1944.
US Navy Yard Charleston S.C photo #2363-44.
||Stern view of USS Baham (AG-71) under way in the Cooper River off Charleston, S.C, 23 August 1944.
US Navy Yard Charleston S.C photo #2364-44.
||USS Baham (AG-71) under way 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 Shipscribe.com.
USS Baham (AK-122 / AG-71)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Field, Gavin Lewis USNR||18 August 1944 - 8 October 1944|
|02||CDR. Hurd, Francis David||8 October 1944 - 19 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 8 November 2013
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