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USS Avery Island (AG-76)
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Basilan Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
Laid down, 31 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 3085) at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
Launched, 13 December 1944
Acquired by the US Navy and placed in reduced commission, 20 December 1944, for transit to her conversion yard, LCDR. James. H. Graves, Jr., USNR (Aux Ship Ferry Crew #5) in command
Decommissioned, 24 December 1944, at Atlantic Basin Iron Works, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Commissioned USS Avery Island (AG-76), 31 July 1945, at New York Navy Yard
During World War II USS Avery Island was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Avery Island was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 5 to 17 November 1945
USS Avery Island was assigned to
Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.1.2 (Technical Group - Instrumentation Units) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 27 May 1947, at San Pedro, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
Redesignated General Stores Issue Ship (AKS-24), 18 August 1951
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 4 January 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 December 1960, at San Diego, CA., to Hugo Neu Steel Products Inc., scrapped at Sakai Japan in 1961
Displacement 5,371 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 23' (lim)
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
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,400 Bbls
Diesel 1,470 Bbls
One General Machine Corp. vertical triple-expansion reciprocating engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three Diesel-drive 350Kw 450V A,C,
two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Avery Island (AG-76) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-1946. After one voyage to Japan in late 1945, this ship
was refitted at San Francisco between December 1945 and May 1946 to support Operation "Crossroads." She returned to San Francisco in August 1946 to begin a lengthy
decommissioning process that included radiological decontamination in November 1946.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82216, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|Robert Hurst and Courtesy Avery Island, Inc., Archives,|
Avery Island, LA.
||Aerial view of the south end of Mare Island Naval Ship, between 12 and 19 September 1946. Ships present include:
USS Oklahoma City (CL-91)
USS Safeguard (ARS-25)
USS Avery Island (AG-76)
USS Quapaw (ATF-110)
USS Eldorado (AGC-11)
USS Barricade (ACM-3)
USS Fieberling (DE-640)
USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752) and
Safeguard and Avery Island were at the yard for decontamination from the Bikini Island tests.
Oklahoma City is about to be decommissioned; Barricade is about to be turned over to Coast Guard; Endicott dredging berth 18 and the others are in for repairs.
US Navy photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
Avery Island (AG-76 / AKS-24)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
| ||LCDR. Graves Jr., James Henry, USNR||20 December 1944 - 24 December 1944|
| ||Decommissioned||24 December 1944 - 31 July 1945|
|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 19 February 2016
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