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USS Hydrus (AKA-28)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Oscar - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - 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, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1889( at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Providence, R.I.
Launched, 28 October 1944
Commissioned USS Hydrus (AKA-28), 9 December 1944, LCDR. Richard J. Wissinger in command
During World War II USS Hydrus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Graf USN (15);
TransDiv Fifty-Eight and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April 1945
Following World War II USS Hydrus was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|7 to 29 September 1945||14 October to 12 December 1945
Decommissioned, 26 March 1946, at Fort Schulyer N.Y.
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
Selected by Maritime Commission to become the New York State Maritime Academy training ship, TS Empire State II
Returned to the Maritime Administration in June 1956 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, April 1964, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., N.Y.
USS Hydrus earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 4,087 t.(lt) 7,080 t(fl)
Draft 16' (lim)
Speed 16.9 kts.
one single 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 Capacity 264
NSFO 9,540 Bbls
Diesel 365 Bbls
two Westinghouse turbo-electric engines
two Wickes boilers, 450psi 750°
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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||Ex-USS Hydrus (AKA-28), in service as the State University of New York Maritime College training ship TS Empire State II, circa 1946-1956
||SUNY Maritime College Museum
USS Hydrus (AKA-28)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Wissinger, Richard J.||9 December 1944 - 11 January 1946|
|02||CAPT. Marshall, Henry Morris||11 January 1946 - 26 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 23 May 2014
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