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USNS Alshain (T-AKA-55)
USS Alshain (AKA-55) (1944 - 1949)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Foxtrot - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Andromeda Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 29 October 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 209), at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Kearny, N.J.
Launched, 26 January 1944
Acquired by the Navy, 31 March 1944
Commissioned USS Alshain (AKA-55), 1 April 1944 at Brooklyn, N.Y., CDR. Roland E. Krause in command
During World War II USS Alshain was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
TransRon Thirteen, COMO. M. O. Carlson USN (16);
TransDiv Thirty-Eight, CAPT. P. P. Welsh USN (18) and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Assault and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 3 August 1944
|Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Zambales-Subic Bay, San Narciso-San Felipe, 29 January 1945
Leyte Gulf landings, 20 to 23 October 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
Assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) in 1946
Transferred to the newly created Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949, redesignated (T-AKA-55)
During the Korean War USNS Alshain participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|North Korean Aggression
2 to 4 August 1950
11 to 31 October 1950
15 to 17 September 1950
|Communist China Aggression
14 to 18 November 1950
Decommissioned, 14 January 1957, at Orange, TX.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Beaumont, TX.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
USS Alshain earned five battle stars for her World War II service and as USNS Alshain earned three battle stars for Korean War service
Returned to the Maritime Administration, date unknown, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 February 1978, to Consolidated Andy Inc., (PD-X-1025) for $191,999.00
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,200 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 444,000 Cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal. dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 10,990 Bbls
one General Electric steam turbine
two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
Ship's Service Generators, three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||USS Alshain (AKA-55) at anchor, Golfe Juan, France in 1950.
US Navy photo.
|Tarrel Clark USS Alshain
||USS Alshain (AKA-55) under way, date and place unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1954.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Alshain (AKA-55) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
USS Alshain (AKA-55)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Krause, Roland E.||1 April 1944 - 1 December 1945|
|02||CDR. Giles Jr., William Jefferson USN||1 December 1945 - 27 February 1947|
|03||CAPT. Ricketts, Claude Vernon USN :ADM||June 1949 - July 1950|
|04||CAPT. Clark, Robert Nicholson Scott :RADM||July 1950 - ?|
|05||CAPT. Field III, Benjamin Prince||July 1951 - July 1952|
|06||CAPT. Foley, Joseph Ferrall :RADM||1953 - 1954|
|07||CAPT. Gurnette, Byron Laurence||1955 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Tony Soria Reunion Coordinator
2045 Avalon Drive, Merced CA. 95340
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 27 November 2015
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