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USS Hydrus (AKA-28)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Oscar - Echo
NTOE
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:
    Asiatic-Pacific 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 194514 October to 12 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 26 March 1946, at Fort Schulyer N.Y.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,087 t.(lt) 7,080 t(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16' (lim)
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 276
    Armament
    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.
    Boats
    one LCP(L)
    twelve LCVPs
    two LCMs
    Troop Capacity 264
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,540 Bbls
    Diesel 365 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Hydrus 43k 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
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Wissinger, Richard J.9 December 1944 - 11 January 1946
    02CAPT. Marshall, Henry Morris11 January 1946 - 26 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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