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USS ABSD-4 Sections, A through G

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Alpha - Alpha
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

AFDB-4 Class Large Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as ABSD-4 at Navy Yard, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA.
  • Delivered, date unknown
  • During World War II ABSD-4 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Commissioned USS ABSD-4 and placed in service at Seeadler Harbor, Manus Island, Admiralty Islands, circa 1944
  • Reclassified AFDB-4, date unknown
  • Placed in service at Long Beach Naval Shipyard, date unknown
  • Placed out of service, dates unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1989
  • Final Disposition, sunk on a reef at Manus Island Papua-New Guinea
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    ABSD-4 131k The battleship New York (BB-34) docked in ABSD-4 at Marus, Admiralty Islands, circa February-March 1945. Photo by Joseph Zayak (Vinny), former PFC, USMC, courtesy of his son Joseph Zayak.
    AFDL-12 57k Small Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock AFDL-12 dry docked in ABSD-4 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 26 November 1945 Paul Harig EM1/c USN USS AFD-12
    2681k YD-171 at Long Beach Naval Shipyard lifting what appears to be a section of superstructure, into AFDB-4 circa 1953. Larry Gauthier

    There is no DANFS History currently available for ABSD-4 / AFDB-4 at NavSource.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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