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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 Division 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
USS Aurelia earned one battle star for World War II service
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
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, USNR||14 October 1944 - 28 July 1945|
|02||CDR. Sabol, Ernest John, USNR (USNA 1927)||28 July 1945 - 4 April 1946|
|03||LCDR. Clark, Harry Albert, USNR||4 April 1946 - 14 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 27 September 2019
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