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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);
    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.
    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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    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, Alfred, USNR31 January 1945 - 28 February 1946
    02LT. Giberson, James Earl, USN28 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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