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USS Theenim (AKA-63)
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS Theenim was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 18 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 215), at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
Launched, 31 October 1944
Accepted from Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, 22 December 1944, by the War Shipping Administration and transferred to US Navy custody the same day
Commissioned USS Theenim (AKA-63), 22 December 1944, CDR. Gordon A. Littlefield, USCG, in command
During World War II USS Theenim was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J. R. Palmer USN (13);
TransDiv Sixty-One and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaigns and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April 1945
Following World War II USS Theenim was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 September to 6 October 1945
|29 October to 6 November 1945
Decommissioned, 10 May 1946, at Norfolk VA.
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 10 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register 21 May 1946
Sold by the Maritime Commission in 1948 to the United States Lines, renamed SS American Inventor
Renamed, 26 November 1958, SS Pioneer Surf
Sold in July 1965, to Farrell Lines, Inc., renamed SS Australian Surf
Sold 27 November 1968, to Rancocas Steamship Co., renamed SS Surfer
USS Theenim earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 April 1970, to Victory Steel and Machinery Corp. for scrapping at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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 4,900 dwt
non-refrigerated 440,000 Cu. ft.,
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 10,990 Bbls
one General Electric steam turbine
two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||Theenim (AKA-63) launching, 31 October 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
||USS Theenim (AKA-63) under way off Boston, MA., 22 January 1945. The ship is wearing Measure 32/8t camouflage
scheme. Photos taken by an airship from blimp squadron ZP-11 from NAS South Weymouth, MA.
US National Archives, Photo's # 80-G-301374 and 80-G-301376, US Navy photos courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, undazzle.com.
| Merchant Service
United States Line
||Ex- USS Theenim (AKA-63), in service as the United States Line freighter SS American Inventor, departing New York City, mid-1950s.
USS Theenim (AKA-63)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Littlefield, Gordon Athorn, :RADM USCG||22 December 1944 - 18 October 1945|
|02||CAPT. Rhodes. Earl King, USCG||18 October 1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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Last Updated 23 November 2018
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