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USS Electra (AKA-4)
USS Electra (AK-21) (1942 - 1943)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Uniform - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, torpedoed, 14 November 1942) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Arcturus Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, as MV Meteor, a Maritime Commission type (C2-T) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 127) at Tampa Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Tampa, FL.
Acquired by the US Navy, 16 April 1941
Launched, 18 November 1941
Commissioned USS Electra (AK-21), 17 March 1942, CDR. Jack Joffre Hughes in command
Reclassified Attack Cargo Ship (AKA-4), 1 February 1943
During World War II USS Electra served in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater where she was assigned to:
TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B. Knowles USN (17);
TransDiv Thirty-Five, CAPT. R.C. Bartman and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|North African occupation
Algeria-Morocco landings (Safi), 8 to 11 November 1942
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 to 25 February 1943
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 26 June 1944
||Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
Leyte landings, 13 to 30 October and 19 to 29 November 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 17 January 1945
||Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 9 to 15 March 1945
Following World War II USS Electra was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|27 September to 1 October 1945
|19 to 27 October 1945
Decommissioned, 19 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the Suisun Bay National Defense Reserve Fleet, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Reacquired by the US Navy, 16 October 1951
Recommissioned, 3 May 1952
Decommissioned, 13 May 1955
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 21 July 1960
Permanent transfer the Maritime Commission, 1 October 1962
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 May 1974, to Van Komodo International Ltd.
Delivered, 7 June 1974
USS Electra earned seven battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 7,480 t.(lt) 14,100 t.(fl.)
Length 459' 1"
Draft 26' 5"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Cargo Capacity 4,535 dwt
non-refrigerated 320,474 Cu ft.
refrigerated 6,755 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 40 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity Diesel 8,950 Bbls
two Nordberg TSM, 9 cylinder diesels, 3165 HP each, connected through clutches to a single shaft
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 150Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||USS Electra (AKA-4) underway, 7 March 1943, location unknown.
US Navy photo.
||USS Electra (AKA-4) off Charleston, S.C. Navy Yard, 3 July 1943.
US National Archives RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-47413, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Electra (AKA-4) at anchor with her boats alongside during World War II, date and location unknown.
||Donald Ravey (Webmaster USS Electra pages), Courtesy Lloyd Grady
||USS Electra (AKA-4) at anchor during World War II, date and location unknown.
||Donald Ravey (Webmaster USS Electra pages), courtesy Lloyd Grady
||USS Electra (AKA-4) underway after recommissioning in 1952, location unknown.
||Donald Ravey (Webmaster USS Electra pages), courtesy Gerald Mullet
USS Electra (AK-21 / AKA-4)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|01||CDR. Hughes, Jack Joffre||17 March 1942 - 23 June 1943|
|02||CDR. Beightler, Charles Sprague||23 June 1943 - 20 September 1944|
|03||CDR. Holler, Dennis Slocum||20 September 1944 - March 1945|
|04||CDR. Austin, Clyde Harold||July 1945 - 1945|
|05||CDR. Franklin Jr., Dawson Cleveland||1945 - 19 March 1946|
| ||Decommissioned||19 March 1946 - 3 May 1952|
|06||CDR. Magoffin, Robert Earle||3 May 1952 - November 1953|
|07||CAPT. Hartman, Irvin Swander||November 1953 - December 1954|
|08||CAPT. Holtwick Jr., Jack Sebastian||December 1954 - 13 May 1955|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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