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USS Algorab (AKA-8)
USS Algorab (AK-25) (1941 - 1943)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Bravo - Oscar
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 "A" device) - 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
|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
USS Algorab earned four battle stars for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 30 June 1946, for disposal
Sold, 24 June 1947, to Pillsbury & Martignoni agents for Wallem & Co. Hong Kong (PD-X-315 dtd 10 February 1947), officially delivered and accepted, 24 June 1947, physically withdrawn, 11 September 1947
Sold in 1948 to Cie. Maritime Belge, renamed MV Mongala, reflagged Belgian
Sold in 1964 to P.G. Callimanopulus, renamed MV Hellenic Sailor, reflagged Greek
Renamed MV Aloha in June 1973
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 December 1973, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Displacement 7,480 t. (lt) 14,225 t. (fl.)
Length 459' 1"
Draft 26' 5"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,700 DWT
Non-refrigerated 304,968 Cu. ft.
Refrigerated 14,300 Cu. ft.
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.
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 (AK-25)
||USS Algorab (AK-25) near Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA., 30 June 1941.
US National Archives Photo #'s 19-N-24304 and 19-N-24305, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS Algorab (AK-25) near Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 6 December 1942.
|USS Algorab (AKA-8)
||USS Algorab (AKA-8) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||James Farrell for his father James M. Farrell SM2/c USS Algorab.
||USS Algorab (AKA-8) at anchor, probably at San Francisco in late 1945 or early 1946, in the final configuration of the
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 78541, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
| Merchant Service
||Ex-USS Algorab (AKA-8) in mercantile service as the Hellenic Lines, freighter SS Hellenic Sailor in South African waters, circa 1970.
USS Algorab (AK-25 / AKA-8)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Inglis, Thomas Browning :RADM||15 June 1941 - ?|
|02||CDR. Lennom, Joseph Robert||18 March 1942 - ?|
|05||CDR. Green, Thomas Chandler||30 August 1944 - ?|
|06||LCDR. Jorgenson, Herman||21 January 1944 - ?|
|07||CDR. Wiedorn, Paul Holister||12 December 1944 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Algorab (AK-25) War Diary 2 June 1942 to 31 January 1943
USS Algorab (AKA-8) War Diary 1 February 1943 to 19 October 1945
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 1 Feburary 2019
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