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USS Lacerta (AKA-29)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Uniform - 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
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:
|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 1945||1 to 12 October 1945
|25 to 26 November 1945||24 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, 16 August 1966, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp. (PD-X-736 dated 22 July 1955) for $221,200.00, in a three ship deal
USS Lacerta 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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||USS Lacerta (AKA-29) underway, date and location unknown.
||Gary Richardson, for his father, Raymond Richardson, S/1c,
USS Lacerta (AKA-29)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Funkenstein Jr., Louis||19 December 1944 - 1 January 1946|
|02||CDR. McIver Jr., DeWitt Clinton||1 January 1946 - 17 January 1946|
|03||CDR. Parker, David Lewis, USNR||17 January 1946 - 25 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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Commissioning Program cover - Submitted by Gary Richardson
Last Updated 23 October 2015
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|