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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:

    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, 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)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16' (lim)
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 276
    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.
    one LCP(L)
    twelve LCVPs
    two LCMs
    Troop Capacity 264
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,540 Bbls
    Diesel 365 Bbls
    two Westinghouse turbo-electric engines
    two Wickes boilers, 450psi 750°
    twin propellers, 6,000shp
    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.

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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)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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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