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USS Lumen (AKA-30)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, 10 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1891) at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Providence, R.I.
  • Launched, 20 November 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Lumen (AKA-30), 29 December 1944, LCDR. Thomas A. Marshall, Jr., in command
  • During World War II USS Lumen was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Graf USN (15);
    TransDiv Sixty, CAPT. A. T. Moen USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 to 27 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    7 October to 12 November 1945
    24 December 1945 to 1 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 23 March 1946, at Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 5 November 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont TX.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 December 1964, to Luria Bros. Co., Inc.
  • USS Lumen received 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°
    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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    Lumen 45k USS Lumen (AKA-30) underway, date and location unknown. Donald A. King, courtesy of Mrs. Lucille Botta and Mr. Gene Trautlein in honor of George Botta USS Lumens, Okinawa campaign (d.12/20/2007)

    USS Lumen (AKA-30)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Marshall Jr., Thomas A.29 December 1944 - 6 March 1945
    02LCDR. Jacobs Jr., George R.6 March 1945 - 23 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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