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USS Algorab (AKA-8)
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USS Algorab (AK-25) (1941 - 1943)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Bravo - Oscar
NIBO
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2- retroactive 30 June 1943, 6 April 1945-Okinawa) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal


Arcturus Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 10 August 1938, as SS Mormacwren, a Maritime Commission type (C2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 20), at Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester, PA. for Moore-McCormack Lines
  • Launched, 15 June 1939
  • Acquired by the Navy, 6 June 1941
  • Commissioned USS Algorab (AK-25), 15 June 1941, at Boston, MA., CDR. Thomas B. Inglis in command
  • During World War II USS Algorab served in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    North African Occupation
    Algerian-Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1942
    Consolidation of the Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of the southern Solomon Islands, 16 June 1943
      New Georgian Group operation
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 30 June 1943
      Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 9 April 1945
    Hit by Japanese Kamikaze, 6 April 1945

  • Redesignated Attack Cargo Ship AKA-8, 1 February 1943
  • Decommissioned, 3 December 1945, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 December 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 30 June 1946, for disposal
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission for commercial service, 24 June 1947, to Pillsbury and Martignoni, agents for Wallem and Co., Hong Kong, renamed MV Kamran, reflagged Panamanian
    Sold in 1948 to Cie. Maritime Belge, renamed MV Mongala, reflagged Belgian
    Sold in 1964 to P.G. Callimanopulus, renamed MV Hellentic Sailor, reflagged Greek
    Renamed MV Aloha in June 1973
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 December 1973, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • USS Algorab earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,480 t. (lt) 14,225 t. (fl.)
    Length 459' 1"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 5"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 46
    Enlisted 351
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,700 DWT
    Non-refrigerated 304,968 Cu. ft.
    Refrigerated 14,300 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 8,950 Bbls.
    Propulsion
    one Sun Doxford Diesel engine
    four Diesel-drive Ships's Service Generator, 230Kw, 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Algorab (AKA-8)
    Algorab 273k USS Algorab (AKA-8) at anchor, date and location unknown. James Farrell for his father James M. Farrell SM2/c USS Algorab.
    Algorab 76k USS Algorab (AKA-8) at anchor, probably at San Francisco in late 1945 or early 1946, in the final configuration of the class.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 78541.
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    Algorab 82k Ex-USS Algorab (AKA-8) in mercantile service as the Hellenic Lines, freighter SS Hellenic Sailor in South African waters, circa 1970. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Algorab (AK-25 / AKA-8)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Inglis, Thomas Browning :RADM15 June 1941 - ?
    02CDR. Lennom, Joseph Robert18 March 1942 - ?
    05CDR. Green, Thomas Chandler30 August 1944 - ?
    06LCDR. Jorgenson, Herman21 January 1944 - ?
    07CDR. Wiedorn, Paul Holister12 December 1944 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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