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USS Valeria (AKA-48)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 April 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1909), at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence R.I.
  • Launched, 29 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS Valeria (AKA-48), 28 June 1945, LCDR. Robert S. Trower III USN in command
  • During World War II USS Valeria was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 18 March 1946 at Norfolk VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 April 1967, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp. (PD-X-755 dated April 1967) for $73,185.00. Removed, 10 May 1967. Scrapping completed 18 January 1968
    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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    USS Valeria (AKA-48)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Trower III, Robert Smith USN (30)28 June 1945 - 18 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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