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USS Sirona (AKA-43)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Oscar - Romeo
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 - Europe-Africa-Middle East 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, 15 February 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1904), at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence, R.I.
Launched, 17 April 1945
Commissioned USS Sirona (AKA-43), 10 May 1945, LCDR. Joseph A. F. Neal USNR in command
During her brief career USS Sirona 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 Sirona came under the command of
TransRon Twenty-four, COMO. E. L. Short;
TransDiv Seventy-one, CAPT. W. P. Davis USN (17)
Following World War II USS Sirona 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||29 September to 2 December 1945
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 June 1946, at South Boston MA. and simultaneously returned to the Maritime Commission for service as the training ship TS Yankee States at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (shared with the Maine Maritime Academy)
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Decommissioned, 17 July 1947, at South Boston, MA.
Laid up, 29 July 1947, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 May 1966, to Boston Metals Corp, Baltimore MD. Removed 7 June 1966. Scrapping completed 21 May 1968
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 Sirona (AKA-43) under way, probably during her builders trials off Providence, R.I., circa June 1945.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 78593
|Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret.
||USS Sirona (AKA-43) moored, date and location unknown.
USS Sirona (AKA-43)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Neal, Joseph Alexander Francis USNR ||10 May 1945 - 18 December 1945|
|02||CAPT. Taylor, Francis USN (20)||18 December 1945 - 12 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 1 July 2016
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