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USS Aurelia (AKA-23)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Uniform - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 5 February 1941, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 1884), at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Providence, R.I.
Launched, 4 July 1944
Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 14 October 1944
Commissioned USS Aurelia (AKA-23), 14 October 1944, CDR. Ernest George MacMurdy in command
During World War II USS Aurelia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
TransRon Eleven, COMO. D. W. Loomis USN (18)
Trans Div Thirty-Three, CAPT. S. M. Haight USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 14 April 1945
Following World War II USS Aurelia was assigned to Occupation service for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 14 March 1946 at Orange TX. and transferred to the Maritime Commission
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Laid up, 1 July 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
Final Disposition, sold for non transportation use (scrapping) 10 January 1972, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., delivered 21 March 1972
USS Aurelia earned one battle star for World War II service
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|21 to 28 October 1945
|15 to 31 December 1945
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 Aurelia (AKA-23)underway off the East Coast of the United States, 24 October 1944.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-289732, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Vol. 1 A, pg. 487
USS Aurelia (AKA-23)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. MacMurdy, Ernest George||14 October 1944 - 28 February 1945|
|02||CDR. Sabol, Edward Joseph||28 February 1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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