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USS Tabora (AKA-45)
International Radio Call Sign:
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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, 4 March 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1906), at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence, R.I.
Launched, 3 May 1945
Commissioned USS Tabora (AKA-45), 29 May 1945, LCDR. Olaf C. Erickson, USNR, in command
During her brief career USS Tabora served in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters transporting troops from one to the other
Following World War II USS Tabora was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 October to 2 November 1945
Decommissioned, 29 May 1946, at Bremertion, WA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 October 1964, to Zidell Explorations Inc. Portland, OR. for $78,888.88 (PD-X-677 dated 21 September 1964). Removed 30 October 1964. Scrapping completed 29 September 1965
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 Tabora (AKA-45) at anchor, circa 1946, location unknown.
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|Bill Larkin MoMM3c USS Tabora
USS Tabora (AKA-45)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Erickson, Olaf Clau USNR||29 May 1945 - 31 January 1946|
|02||CAPT. Hawk, Earle Clifford USN (28)||31 January 1946 - 29 May 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
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 16 October 2016
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