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USS Sappho (AKA-38)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Oscar - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right top to bottom
Top Row - 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, 12 December 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1899) at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence R.I.
Launched, 3 March 1945
Commissioned USS Sappho (AKA-38), 24 April 1945, LCDR. Merrick A. Beach USN in command
During World War II USS Sappho was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S. P. Jenkins;
TransDiv Sixty-Six, CAPT. W. G. Ludlow Jr. USN (17)
Following World War II USS Sappho was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|22 to 26 September 1945
|14 to 26 October 1945
Decommissioned, 23 May 1946, at Seattle WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 13 January 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 August 1965, to Zidell Explorations Inc. Portland, OR. (PD-X-702) for $65,000.00. Removed, 9 September 1954. Scrapping completed 1 March 1946
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 Sappho (AKA-38)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Beach, Merrick Alease USN||24 April 1945 - 23 May 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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 16 October 2015
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