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USS Kent Island (AG-78)
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
Belle Isle Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary
Laid down, 19 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 3092) at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
Launched, 9 January 1945
Acquired by the Navy and placed in reduced commission, 16 January 1945, for transit to her conversion yard, LCDR. James. H. Graves, Jr., USNR (Aux Ship Ferry Crew #5) in command
Decommissioned, 19 January 1945, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Hoboken, N.J. for conversion as a barracks and issue ship
Commissioned USS Kent Island (AG-78), 1 August 1945, CDR. W. C. Ball, USNR, in command
Decommissioned, 22 June 1946, at Orange, TX.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group
Redesignated a General Stores Issue Ship (AKS-26), 18 August 1951
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1960
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 September 1960, to Southern Scarp Material Co., Inc., New Orleans, LA. for $96,888.88 (PD-X-585)
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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||Kent Island (AG-78) at anchor in San Francisco Bay circa December 1945. The ship made one troop carrying voyage to Okinawa before proceeding to the east coast in January 1946 and arriving at Orange, Texas, 15 March 1946, to begin decommissioning.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82193.
||Kent Island (AG-78) at Orange, TX., prior to lay up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, circa, 15 to 22 March 1946.
||Dawn and William George Randolph Jr. S/1c USS Indian Island
USS Kent Island (AG-78)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
| ||LCDR. Graves Jr., James Henry, USNR||16 January 1945 - 19 January 1945|
| ||Decommissioned||19 January 1945 - 1 April 1945|
| ||CDR. Ball, W. C., USNR ||1 April 1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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Last Updated 21 November 2014
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