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USS Algol (LKA-54)
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USS Algol (AKA-54) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Hotel - Foxtrot
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (5) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba) - Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Fifth Row - Philippines Liberation Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Andromeda Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 December 1942, as SS James Barnes, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1153), at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 17 February 1943
  • Renamed Algol, 30 August 1943
  • Placed in reduced commission, 27 November 1943, for transit to Willamette Shipyard, Portland, OR. for completion as an Attack Cargo Ship
  • Placed in full commission as USS Algol (AKA-54), 21 July 1944, LCDR. Axton T. Jones, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS Algol was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Thirteen, COMO. M.O. Carlson USN (16);
    TransDiv Thirty-Nine, CAPT. G.E. Maynard and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 11 to 15 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 10 April 1945

  • USS Algol was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East as well as Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    Asia-8 September to 20 November 19458 September to 20 November 1945
    Asia-23 March to 5 April 194723 March to 5 April 1947
     23 28 April to 5 May 1951
    Europe-16 September 1949 to 18 January 1950 

  • During the Korean War USS Algol participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    20 September to 1 November 1950
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    9 to 14 May 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    15 November to 19 January 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    9 to 13 May 1952
    9 to 13 August 1952
    First UN Counteroffensive
    23 February to 27 March 1951
     

  • Decommissioned, 2 January 1958
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Bremerton, WA. Group
  • Recommissioned, 17 November 1961, at the Northwest Marine Iron Works at Portland, OR., CAPT. F. L. Edwards in command
  • Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA-54), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 23 July 1970
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1977
  • Final Disposition, Removed from the Maritime Administration's James River Reserve Fleet and towed to Eagle Island Marine, Willmington, N.C. where she was prepared to become part of the New Jersey Shark River Artificial Reef. Ex-Algol was sunk on, 22 November 1991
  • USS Algol earned two battle stars for World War II service and five battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,225 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 5" (lim)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 66
    Enlisted 363
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,444Cu. ft. non-refrigerated
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boats
    8 LCMs
    1 LCP(L)
    15 LCVPs
    Fuel Oil Capacity NFSO 19,900Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive Ships Service Generators 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Algol 1296k USS Algol (AKA-54) underway off the coast of southern California, 22 September 1944.
    US Navy photo taken from a Santa Ana based Blimp Squadron (ZP-31) Airship by ENS. Borg.
    David Buell
    Algol 147k USS Algol (AKA-54), moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., 30 March 1950. The tug Alamingo (YTB-227) is underway in the foreground.
    US Navy photo
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    Algol 33k USS Algol (AKA-54) with ex-USS LSM-355 in French service as L 9011 alongside in Indo-China waters as they transfer anti-Communist refugees
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine December 1954
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Algol 46k USS Algol (AKA-54) at anchor circa 1960, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Algol 84k USS Algol (AKA-54) underway in the VA Capes Op area, July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Algol 73k USS Algol (AKA-54) underway in the VA Capes Op area, July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Algol 85k USS Algol (AKA-54) underway in the VA Capes Op area, July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Algol 114k USS Algol (AKA-54) underway in the VA Capes Op area, July 1964. Photo taken from USS Muliphen (AKA-61) © Richard Leonhardt
    Algol 46k USS Algol (AKA-54) at anchor, date and location unknown. Rich Galiano
    Algol 51k USS Algol (AKA-54) at anchor, date and location unknown. Rich Galiano
    Algol 42k USS Algol (AKA-54) at anchor, date and location unknown. Rich Galiano
    Algol 44k USS Algol (AKA-54) underway, date and location unknown. Rich Galiano
    Algol 44k Ex-USS Algol (LKA-54) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Fort Eustis, VA., date unknown. Rich Galiano
    Algol 31k Ex-USS Algol (LKA-54) at Eagle Island Marine, Wilmington, N.C. being prepared for sinking as part of the Shark River Artificial Reel off the Coast of New Jersey, circa, November 1991 Rich Galiano
    Algol 114k Ex-USS Algol (LKA-54) ready for sinking as part of the Shark River Artificial Reef off the coast of New Jersey, 22 November 1991. Photo ©Herb Segars. Rich Galiano
    Algol 28k Ex-USS Algol (LKA-54) ready for sinking as part of the Shark River Artificial Reef off the coast of New Jersey, 22 November 1991. Rich Galiano

    USS Algol (AKA/LKA-54)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Jones, Axton T.21 July 1944 - 30 November 1945
    02LCDR Lambert, David :RADM30 November 1945 - November 1946
    04CAPT. Heath, George Lucius :RADMApril 1948 - April 1949
    05CAPT. Edwards, John AllenApril 1949 - April 1951
    06CAPT. Luongo Jr., Frank PaulApril 1951 - August 1952
    07CAPT. Conner, Ray Russell :RADM August 1952 - July 1953
    08CAPT. Hawkins, David DelosJuly 1953 - October 1954
    10CAPT. Freeman, Ross EdmondstonJune 1957 - 6 September 1957
     Decommissioned2 January 1958 - 17 November 1961
    12CAPT. Edwards Jr., Frederick Lee17 November 1961 - 8 May 1963
    13LCDR. Abstetar, Stanley8 May 1963 - March 1965
    14CAPT. Coleman Jr., Thaddeus ThorntonMarch 1965 - 1966
    15CAPT. Sudduth, Roy Martin1966 - November 1967
    16CAPT. Hardy, Willis AllenNovember 1967 - 18 January 1968
    18CAPT. Reilly Jr., Jeremiah Daniel1969 - 27 October 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Algol (AKA-54) Tribute Web Site
    Shipwreck Corner-The USS Algol on Final Duty
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