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USS Sarita (AKA-39)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Uniform - Quebec
NKUQ
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 in command
  • During World War II USS Sarita was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO . A.S. Witherspoon;
    TransDiv Sixty-Seven
  • 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 194515 to 21 March 1946
    20 to 28 October 19452 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,087 t.(lt) 7,080 t(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16' (lim)
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 276
    Armament
    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.
    Boats
    one LCP(L)
    twelve LCVPs
    two LCMs
    Troop Capacity 264
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,540 Bbls
    Diesel 365 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Ray Bleam, Son-In Law of Dudley P. Smith BM1/c USS Sarita

    USS Sarita (AKA-39)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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