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USS Sylvania (AKA-44)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom left to right
Top Row - 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, 25 February 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1905), at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence R.I.
  • Launched, 25 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Sylvania (AKA-44), 19 May 1945, LCDR. F. O. Bryce, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Sylvania was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USN
    TransDiv Seventy-Two, CAPT. H.Y. McCown USN (18)
  • Following World War II USS Sylvania was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 to 27 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 December 1946, at Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1947
  • Returned, 30 April 1947, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 January 1964 (PD-X-653 dated 12 November 1963) for $106,811.81 to Zidell Explorations Inc. Removed 18 February 1964. Scrapping competed 11 May 1964
    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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    Sylvania 29k USS Sylvania (AKA-44), date and location unknown. USS Sylvania web site
    Sylvania 37k USS Sylvania (AKA-44), preparing for the occupation of Japan
    . Note LCM approaching Sylvania from aft port quarter, date and location unknown.
    USS Sylvania web site
    Sylvania 40k USS Sylvania (AKA-44) underway, date and location unknown. USS Sylvania web site
    Sylvania 97k USS Sylvania (AKA-44) at anchor, probably in San Francisco Bay, CA., circa late 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 78598 Courtesy of James Russell. From the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Sylvania (AKA-44)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Bryce, F. O.15 May 1945 - 26 February 1946
    02CDR. Simons Jr., Manley Hale, USN (USNA 1930) :RADM26 February 1946 - 17 December 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
    USS Sylvania
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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