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USS Sarita (AKA-39)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Uniform - Quebec
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, 22 December 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1900), at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence, R.I.
Launched, 23 February 1945
Commissioned USS Sarita (AKA-39), 22 March 1945, LCDR. Erwin E. Smith USNR in command
During World War II USS Sarita was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO . A.S. Witherspoon;
Following World War II USS Sarita was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 28 September 1945||15 to 21 March 1946
|20 to 28 October 1945||2 to 25 June 1946
|17 November to 18 December 1945||
|8 to 10 March 1946||
|22 to 29 March 1946||
|23 to 30 1946||
Decommissioned, 29 January 1947, at San Francisco, CA.
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 29 January 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 May 1966, to National Metal and Steel Corp., delivered, 15 May 1966. Removed 8 June 1966. Scrapping completed 13 October 1967
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 Sarita (AKA-39) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Ray Bleam, Son-In Law of Dudley P. Smith BM1/c USS Sarita
USS Sarita (AKA-39)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Smith, Erwin Ernest USNR||23 March 1945 - 16 May 1946|
|02||CAPT. Lackner, Peter Robert USN (30)||16 May 1946 - 21 October 1946|
|03||LCDR. Soper, Robert Thomas USNR||21 October 1946 - 29 January 1947|
|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
USS Sarita (AKA-39) blog
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 16 October 2015
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