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USS Ostara (AKA-33)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Oscar - India
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);
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 1945||3 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.
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 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)
|01||LCDR. St. Martin, Alfred, USNR||31 January 1945 - 28 February 1946|
|02||LT. Giberson, James Earl, USN||28 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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