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USS Birgit (AKA-24)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Oscar - Bravo
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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 22 February 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1885) at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Providence, R.I.
Launched, 18 July 1944
Commissioned USS Birgit (AKA-24), 28 October 1944, CDR. Gerald J. Burke, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Birgit was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B Knowles USN (17);
Following World War II USS Birgit was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 28 October to 2 November 1945
Decommissioned, 15 March 1946, at Orange, TX.
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission 1 July 1946, at Mobile, AL.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 10 January 1972, to Union Minerals & Alloys, Corp. for $61,612.54 under MARAD contract (PD-X--926 dated 8 December 1971)
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 Birgit (AKA-24) at anchor circa 1945, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 83249 Courtesy Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
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USS Birgit (AKA-24)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Burke, Gerald J. USNR||28 October 1944 - 15 December 1945|
|02||LCDR. Nielson, William A. USNR||15 December 1945 -15 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 9 October 2015
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