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USNS Alshain (T-AKA-55)
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USS Alshain (AKA-55) (1944 - 1949)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Foxtrot - Romeo
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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
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:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    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 operation
    Leyte Gulf landings, 20 to 23 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
    Luzon operation
    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
    Inchon Landing
    15 to 17 September 1950
    Communist China Aggression
    14 to 18 November 1950
     

  • 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)
  • Decommissioned, 14 January 1957, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, date unknown, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in1978
  • USS Alshain earned five battle stars for her World War II service and as USNS Alshain earned three battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,200 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement/Troop Capacity
    Officers 50
    Enlisted 342
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 444,000 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal. 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 Capacity
    NSFO 10,990 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Alshain 56k USS Alshain (AKA-55) at anchor, Golfe Juan, France in 1950.
    US Navy photo.
    Tarrel Clark USS Alshain
    Alshain 46k USS Alshain (AKA-55) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1954.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Alshain (AKA-55)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Krause, Roland E.1 April 1944 - ?
    02CAPT. Ricketts, Claude Vernon :ADMJune 1949 - July 1950
    03CAPT. Clark, Robert Nicholson Scott :RADMJuly 1950 - ?
    04CAPT. Field III, Benjamin PrinceJuly 1951 - July 1952
    05CAPT. Foley, Joseph Ferrall :RADM1953 - 1954
    07CAPT. Gurnette, Byron Laurence1955 - ?
    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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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