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Don McGrogan BMCS USN (Ret.)
USS Andromeda (AKA-15)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Hotel - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) -Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (5) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Andromeda Attack Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down as AK-64, 22 September 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 199), at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J
Launched, 22 December 1942
Redesignated Attack Cargo Ship (AKA-15), 1 February 1943
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter, 30 March 1943
Commissioned USS Andromeda (AKA-15), 30 March 1943 at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn N.Y., CDR. William A. Fly in command
During WWII USS Andromeda was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and then to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 14 June 1945
|Convoy KMF-25A , 6 November 1943
|Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1944
|Invasion of Southern France, 15 to 25 September 1944
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Andromeda came under the command of:
TransRon Eighteen, COMO J. G. Moyer USN (14);
Following World War II USS Andromeda was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|15 to 26 September 1945||26 February to 5 March 1946
| 26 October to 6 November 1945||10 to 13 August 1951
| ||8 to 14 September 1951
| ||13 to 15 March 1953
During the Korean War USS Andromeda participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|First UN Counteroffensive
16 to 17 April 1951
|Second Korean Winger
2 December 1951
|Communist China Spring Offensive
26 April to 10 May 1951
|Third Korean Winter
15 December 1952
3 to 16 January 1953
13 to 15 February 1953
|UN Summer-Fall Offensive
31 August to 2 September 1951
18 October 1951
6 November 1951
Decommissioned, 1 May 1956, at San Diego CA.
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
USS Andromeda earned five battle stars during World War II and five battle stars for Korean War service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by MARAD, 6 April 1971, to Marine Power and Equipment Co., Seattle WA. (PD-X-899 dated 12 March 1971),
under MARAD Contract MA-6229 for $65,000.00. Towed to Taiwan for scrapping.
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,200 t.(lt)
Length 459' 3"
Draft 26' 4" (lim)
Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,895 DWT
Non-refrigerated - 393,160 Cu ft.
Refrigerated - 16.131 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO - 11,010 Bbls
one General Electric steam turbine
two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||USS Andromeda (AKA-15) pierside, date and location unknown.
||USS Andromeda (AKA-15) at anchor in New York harbor, 8 April 1943. Andromeda was preparing to get under way for
Hampton Roads, VA.
US Navy photo No's, 60-G-?, 80-G-64196, and 60-G-64197 from NARA, College Park, MD.
(80-G-64196), and (80-G-64197)-Tracy White
||USS Andromeda (AKA-15) at anchor in Hong Kong BCC harbor, circa 1954-55.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1955.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Andromeda (AKA-15) under way, date and location unknown.
||Ex-USS Andromeda (AKA-15) at Seattle, WA., in February 1974, about to be towed to Taiwan for scrapping. Japanese tug
Iris, in foreground, did the towing. Andromeda was fitted with fake guns while at Seattle, and was used as a movie prop.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 89302
USS Andromeda (AKA-15)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Fly, William Anthony||2 April 1942 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Ward, Duncan||9 December 1944 - ?|
|03||CAPT. Verhoye, Harry James, USN (USNA 1930)||31 March 1946- September 1947|
|04||CDR. Anderson Samuel Clay||1951 - ?|
|05||CAPT. Braun, William Baumert||February 1953 - February 1954|
|06||CAPT. Langen, Thomas David Francis||February 1954 - 1 May 1956|
|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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
USS James O'Hara General Instructions - Exercise 4AP, 17 May 1943, Includes USS Andromeda (AKA-15)
Last Updated 19 May 2018
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