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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
USS ABSD-4 Sections, A through G
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, 30 March 1944, LCDR. Beeman, Dean H., USNR, in command and placed in service at Seeadler Harbor, Manus Island, Admiralty Islands, circa 1944
Decommissioned, 1 May 1946
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
Displacement 30,800 t.(lt)
Beam 246' 5"
Draft 8' 8" (lt), 67' 4" (subm. max.)
fourteen single 40mm AA gun mounts
fourteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
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||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.
||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
||YD-171 at Long Beach Naval Shipyard lifting what appears to be a section of superstructure, into AFDB-4 circa 1953.
There is no DANFS History available for ABSD-4 / AFDB-4 at NavSource.
|01||LCDR. Beeman, Dean H., USNR||30 March 1944 - 30 March 1944|
|02||CDR. Karns, Arthur Lee, USN||30 March 1944 - 15 March 1945|
|03||LCDR. Beeman, Dean H., USNR||15 March 1945 - 5 May 1945|
|04||CDR. Karns, USNR||5 May 1945 - 20 September 1945|
|05||CDR. Rancich, Christ A., USNR||20 September 1945 - 1 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 20 June 2014
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