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USS Cepheus (AKA-18)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Papa - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS Cepheus (AKA-18) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 207) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
Allocated to the US Navy as AK-67
Launched, 23 October 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 15 December 1943
Commissioned USS Cepheus (AKA-18), 16 December 1943, CAPT. Robert B. Hall, USCG, in command
During WWII USS Cepheus was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and then to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater under the command of;
TransRon Eighteen, COMO J. G. Moyer USN (14);
TransDiv Fifty-Two and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of southern France
Saint Raphael, 15 to 25 August 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April 1945
Following World War II USS Cepheus was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|22 to 30 September 1945||26 December 1945 to 22 January 1946
|19 to 29 October 1945||
Decommissioned, 22 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 September 1946, at the Maritime Commission National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, Jones Point, N.Y.
Sold for commercial service to US Lines, 8 October 1947, renamed SS Pioneer Sea
Renamed SS American Hunter in September 1956
Sold to Sperling Steamship and Training Corp., 1 March 1966, renamed SS Brookville
Served in the US east-coast to Pacific trade, delivering commercial and military cargo to the Far East via the Panama Canal
Final Disposition, 3 April 1968, being on a ballast voyage home from Sattahip (Thailand) to Tampa, FL, she ran aground at full speed on a reef off Honduras and was heavily damaged. Refloating not being possible, she was finally abandoned as a total loss
USS Cepheus received two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt), 14,200 t.(lt)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,895 DWT
non-refrigerated 420,000 Cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3'?50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 11,010
one General Electric steam turbine
two Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single shaft, 6,000shp
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||USS Cepheus (AKA-18) conducting amphibious operations off Honolulu, T.H. in 1945.
||From the photo diary of Edward R. Mueller, SC/2c USS Cepheus
||Ex-USS Cepheus (AKA-18) underway while in commercial as the US Lines SS American Hunter, date and location unknown.
Original copyright belonged to the late British ship photo dealer Alex Duncan.
USS Cepheus (AKA-18)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Hall, Robert B. USCG :RADM||16 December 1943 - 1944|
|02||CDR. Sarratt Jr., Robert Clifton USCG||16 June 1944 - 6 June 1945|
|03||CAPT. McKay, Donald E. USCG :RADM||11 June 1945 - January 1946|
|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
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Cepheus AKA-18
Last Updated 12 April 2013
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