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USS Polana (AKA-35)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Mike - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right top to bottom
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 11 December 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1896), at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence R.I.
  • Launched, 17 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Polana (AKA-35), 21 February 1945 at Boston Navy Yard, Boston MA., LCDR. Kenneth D. Gallinger USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Polana was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
    TransDiv Sixty-Three, CAPT. F. M. O'Leary USN (20)
  • Following World War II USS Polana was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 October to 12 November 194514 to 30 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 21 March 1946, at Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 25 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Relocated to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., 26 March 1955
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 August 1966, to Union Metals & Alloys Corp., for $73,750.00
    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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    Polana 61k USS Polana (AK-35) underway off Elizabeth City, N.C., 6 March 1945. Note the heavy quadrupod mainmast, the cut-down quarterdeck, the propeller guard, and the pipe aft, from gasoline stowage (for vehicles) in the stern.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Polana (AKA-35)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Gallinger, Kenneth David USNR21 February 1945 - 15 December 1946
    02CDR. Davis, James White :RADM15 December 1946 - 21 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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