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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 1945||14 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., (PD-X-736 dated 22 July 1966) for $221,250.00 as one of 3 ship sale,
delivered, 18 September 1966
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 Polana (AKA-35) under way 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.
USS Polana (AKA-35)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Gallinger, Kenneth David USNR||21 February 1945 - 15 December 1946|
|02||CDR. Davis, James White :RADM||15 December 1946 - 21 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 12 April 2013
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