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USS Ostara (AKA-33)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Oscar - India
NTOI
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 13 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1894) at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence, R.I.
  • Launched, 21 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Ostara (AKA-33), 31 January 1945, LCDR. Alfred St. Martin, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Ostara was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J. R. Palmer USN (13);
    TransDiv Sixty-One
  • Following World War II USS Ostara 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 19 September 19453 October to 23 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 1 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 26 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 April 1966, to Horton Industries, Inc.
    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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    Ostara 53k USS Ostara (AKA-33) at anchor, circa early 1945, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Rick Smith in honor of his father James E. Smith USS Ostara

    USS Ostara (AKA-33)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. St. Martin, Alfred31 January 1945 - 28 February 1946
    02LT. Gilberson, James Earl28 February 1946 - 1 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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