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USS Gwinnett (AVS-5)
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USS Gwinnett (AG-92) (1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Mike - Victor
NEMV
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 December 1943, as Gwinnett (AK-185), a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1), hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2116) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Redesignated a Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG-92)
  • Launched, 14 May 1944
  • Converted to a Gwinnett Class Aviation Stores Issue Ship at Port Houston Iron Works, Houston, TX.
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 13 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Gwinnett (AG-92), 10 April 1945, at Houston, TX., LT. Hugh K. Golway, USNR in command
  • Redesignated (AVS-5), 25 May 1945
  • Decommissioned, 11 February 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 11 February 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • Sold, 14 August 1947, to the Republic of France, reflagged french, renamed MV Sainte Helene
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,411t.(lt), 6,240 t.(fl)
    Length 388' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    Fortune 57k Launch Day, 14 May 1944, Postal Cover for Gwinnett Paul Pietosky
    Fortune 112k Ex-USS Gwinnett (AVS-5) in the initial stages of conversion to the French merchant ship MV Sainte Helene, circa September 1947. Most of her military features are gone but she still has her Navy hull number on the bow.
    Photo by Albert C. Silveria, San Francisco, CA., courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green

    USS Gwinnett (AG-92/ AVS-5)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Golway, Hugh K, USNR10 April 1945 - 11 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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