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USS Sidonia (AKA-42)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Uniform - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 1 February 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1903), at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence R.I.
  • Launched, 7 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Sidonia (AKA-42), 30 April 1945, LCDR. Charles E. Earl USN in command
  • During her brief career USS Sidonia served in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters transporting troops from one to the other
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Sidonia came under the command of
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E.l. Short;
    TransDiv Seventy-One, CAPT. W.P. Davis USN (27)
  • Decommissioned, 25 February 1946, at Everett WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 29 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 December 1964, to Zidell Explorations Inc., Portland OR. (PD-X-680) for $78,889.98. Removed 23 December 1964. Scrapping completed 23 June 1965
    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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    Sidonia 1351k USS Sidonia (AKA-42) underway during builders sea trials, 27 April 1945 in Narragansett Bay. Gary Lucas for his father Melvin A. Lucas GM3/c USS Sidonia

    USS Sidonia (AKA-42)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Earl, Charles Edward USN (30)30 April 1945 - 25 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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