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USS Titania (AKA-13)
USS Titania (AK-55) (1942 - 1943)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Lima - Alpha
Voice Call Sign "Kosher" (50-53)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (7)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Fourth Row - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Korean Service Medal (7)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (2) - Republic of Korea War Service Meal

Arcturus Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 25 October 1941, as SS Harry Culbreath, a Maritime Commission type (C2-F) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 132) at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Kearny, N.J.
  • Commissioned USS Titania (AK-55), 30 May 1942, CAPT. Victor C. Barringer Jr. in command
  • Reclassified Attack Cargo Ship, (AKA-13), 1 February 1943
  • During World War II USS Titania was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    North African Occupation
    Algeria-Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1942
    Consolidation of the Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of the southern Solomon Islands, 13 May 1943
      Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 1, 8 and 9 November 1943
      Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 21 to 28 July 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 28 July 1944
      Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 27 October and 5 to 20 November 1944
      Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
      Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945
    Brunei Bay operation, 26 June to 4 July 1945
    Balikpapan operation, 1 July1945

  • Following World War II USS Titania was assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) and performed Occupation and China service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    6 to 23 September 194627 August to 5 September 1946
    9 to 21 May 194716 September 1954

  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949
  • During the Korean War USS Titania participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    16 to 22 July 1950
    25 September to 2 November 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    19 to 20 December 1951
    8 February 1952
    18 March 1952
    22 to 30 April 1952
    Communist China Aggression
    3 to 16 November 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    31 August to 17 September 1952
    24 to 28 September 1952
    9 to 17 October 1952
    16 to 30 November 1952
    1 to 3 December 1952
    6 to 18 December 1952
    23 December 1952 to 6 January 1953
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    19 to 28 May 1951
    10 to 30 June 1951
    Third Korean Winter 28 January to 5 February 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    14 to 30 July 1951
    7 to 27 August 1951
    6 to 17 September 1951
    8 to 19 October 1951
    30 October to 13 November 1951
  • Decommissioned, 19 July 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 2 July 1961
  • USS Titania earned seven battle stars for World War II service and seven battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Taiwan to China Trade & Development Corp. (MARAD Sale PD-X-976) for $742,512.00
    Displacement 7,480 t. (lt) 14,225 t. (fl.)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 5"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 39
    Enlisted 227
    Largest Boom Capacity 40 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 351,609 Cu ft
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 10,670Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster & Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Titania (AK-55)
    Titania 110k USS Titania (AK-55) underway on commissioning day, 27 May 1942. Note the heavy central kingpost added to the pair of kingposts forward of the bridge to give the ship the ability to handle heavy landing craft.
    Photos from US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo #'s Not Assigned, US Navy Bureau of Ships Photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Titania 79k
    USS Titania (AKA-13)
    Titania 58k USS Titania (AKA-13) at anchor, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Aquarius 100k USS Titania (AKA-13) and USS Aquarius (AKA-16) at Pavuvu, Russell Islands, 28 April 1944, after bringing veterans of the Cape Gloucester Campaign to a rest camp. LCPs in the foreground, are from USS Wayne (APA-54), and being used as water taxis. Note SC-2 radar antenna mounted atop Aquarius' forward kingposts. Photographed by Fitzgerald
    USMC photo # 86265
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aquarius 85k USS Titania (AKA-13) outboard of USS Aquarius (AKA-16) unload Marine veterans of the Cape Gloucester campaign at a rest camp at Pavuvu, Russell Islands, 28 April 1944.
    US Coast Guard photo # 2271, from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green
    Titania 46k USS Titania (AKA-13) at Pavuvu, Russell Islands, 28 April 1944, after bringing veterans of the Cape Gloucester Campaign to a rest camp. USS Aquarius (AKA-16) is on Titania's far side. LCVPs in the left foreground are from USS Wayne (APA-54). Photographed by Fitzgerald.
    USMC photo # 86251
    US Naval Historical Center
    Titania 76k USS Titania (AKA-13) at Wonsan Harbor, North Korea, circa 10-13 September 1951, seen from USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884), which is coming alongside to take on fuel. Photographed by AFAN E.A. McDade USN.
    National Archives photo # 80-G-433793, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Titania 57k USS Titania (AKA-13) underway, circa 1953, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Titania 128k Forward plan view of USS Titania (AKA-13) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 16 May 1953. Titania was under repair at Mare Island from 19 March to 19 May 1953.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # AKA 13 17550-5-53, 5/16/53
    Darryl Baker
    Titania 130k Amidships plan view looking forward of USS Titania (AKA-13) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 16 May 1953. Titania was under repair at Mare Island from 19 March to 19 May 1953.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # AKA 13 17552-5-53, 5/16/53
    Darryl Baker
    Titania 37k USS Titania (AKA-13) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy LCDR. G.R.G. Murray, RN, from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1956-57"
    Robert Hurst

    USS Titania (AK-55 / AKA-13)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Barringer Jr., Victor Cameron :RADM 30May 1942 - April 1943AK-55/AKA-13
    02CDR. Berger, Herbert Everett3 April 1943 - 28 September 1944AKA-13
    03CDR. Callahan, Malcolm Whitfield USN (14)28 September 1944 - 13 September 1945AKA-13
    04LCDR. Sorken, Robert Louis, LCDR13 September 1945 19 September 1945AKA-13
    05LT. Bannen, Frank P., LT USNR19 September 1945 - 26 September 1945AKA-13
    06LT. Tatterson, Richard George, LT USNR25 September3 1945 - 6 October 1945AKA-13
    07CDR. Callahan returns6 October 1945 - ?AKA-13
    08CAPT. Giambattista, Frank Daniel USN (27):RADM1950AKA-13
    09CAPT. King, Robert Donovan USN (31)1952 - 1953AKA-13
    10CAPT. Tucker, James Francis USN (33)1953 - October 1954AKA-13
    11CAPT. Booth, Blake BuckleyOctober 1954 - 19 July 1955AKA-13
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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