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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    21 to 28 October 1945
    15 to 31 December 1945
  • 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
    Displacement 4,025 long tons (lt) 6,800 long tons (fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16' 6", loaded
    Speed 16.9 kts (trial)
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 276
    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
    one LCP(L)
    twelve LCVP
    two LCMs
    Troop Accommodations 267
    Fuel Capacities
    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.
    two Desuperheaters
    two Economizers
    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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    Aurelia 68k 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)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. MacMurdy, Ernest George, USNR14 October 1944 - 28 July 1945
    02CDR. Sabol, Ernest John, USNR (USNA 1927)28 July 1945 - 4 April 1946
    03LCDR. Clark, Harry Albert, USNR4 April 1946 - 14 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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