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USS Lacerta (AKA-29)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Uniform - Echo
NKUE
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
Second 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 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1890) at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence, R.I.
  • Launched, 10 November 1944
  • Completed and delivered to the Maritime Commission, 19 December 1944, at Providence, R.I.
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission and commissioned USS Lacerta (AKA-29), 19 December 1944, LCDR. Louis Funkenstein in command
  • During World War II USS Lacerta was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Graf USN (15);
    TransDiv Fifty-Nine, CAPT. J K. Davis and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 9 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Lacerta was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    13 to 29 September 19451 to 12 October 1945
    25 to 26 November 194524 October to 19 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 25 March 1946, at Norfolk VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 30 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 August 1966, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp.
  • USS Lacerta received 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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    Lacerta 101k USS Lacerta (AKA-29) underway, date and location unknown. Gary Richardson, for his father, Raymond Richardson, S/1c,
    USS Lacerta1944-45.

    USS Lacerta (AKA-29)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Funkenstein Jr., Louis19 December 1944 - 1 January 1946
    02CDR. McIver Jr., DeWitt Clinton1 January 1946 - 26 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Commissioning Program cover - Submitted by Gary Richardson
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    Last Updated 12 April 2013