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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)
    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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    Tabora 55k 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)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Erickson, Olaf Clau USNR29 May 1945 - 31 January 1946
    02CAPT. 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

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    Last Updated 16 October 2016