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USS Athene (AKA-22)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Bravo - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row- World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 20 January 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1883), at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence, R.I.
Launched 18 June 1944
Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 29 September 1944
Commissioned USS Athene (AKA-22), 29 September 1944, CDR. Edward R. Nelson, Jr., in command
During World War II USS Athene was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
TransRon Fifteen, CAPT. W. S. Popham USN (14);
TransDiv Forty-four, CAPT. J. H. Seyfried USN and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 15 April to 11 June 1945
Following World War II USS Athene performed Occupation duty for the following periods, 13 September to 1 October 1945 and 25 October to 1 November 1945
Following Occupation duty USS Athene was assigned in January 1946 to Joint Task Force 1, the atomic bomb test unit at Bikini Atoll
Decommissioned 17 June 1946, at Pearl Harbor T.H.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 23 September 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition sold for scrapping, 21 February 1966 to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., New York N.Y.
USS Athene earned two battle star for her World War II service
Displacement 4,025 long tons (lt) 6,800 long tons (fl)
Draft 16' 6", loaded
Speed 16.9 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
one single stern mounted 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 980 DWT
non-refrigerated 110,000 Cu ft
Troop Accommodations 267
NSFO 9,540 Bbls
Diesel 365 Bbls
twin screws, 3300 SHP each, Max. 2210 AC
two Westinghouse Turbo-electric engines
two Wickes boilers, 2-Drum, D-Type Superheaters, 44,000 lb/hr. ea, 450 psi at 750 ° F.
Mechanical Ventilation, 213,135 CFM
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
one turbo-drive 150Kw 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
twin propellers, 6,000shp
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||USS Athene (AKA-22) off Boston Navy Yard, 9 October 1944.
US National Archives RG-19-LCM photo # unknown, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Athene (AKA-22) underway in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
|Jean Baptie Morrison for her brother Norval C. Baptie, Watertender, USS Athene
||USS Athene (AKA-22) at Pearl Harbor, 27 March 1946, where she was preparing to participate in the Bikini atomic bomb tests.
US National Archives RG-19-LCM photo # 19-N-115182, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
USS Athene (AKA-22)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Nelson Jr., Edward Robert||29 September 1944 - 5 September 1945|
|02||CDR. Osth, Adam M.||5 September 1945 - 17 June 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
USS Athene (AKA-22) Action Report for the Iwo Jima Operation
Last Updated 12 April 2013
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