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USS Theenim (AKA-63)



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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
  • 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:
    Asiatic-Pacific 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
  • Commercial History
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission in 1948 to the United States Lines, renamed SS American Inventor
  • Resold in 1959, renamed SS Pioneer Surf
  • Resold in 1965, to Farrell Lines, Inc., renamed SS Australian Surf
  • Resold in 1969, renamed SS Surfer
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in May 1970 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Theenim received one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,200 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 48
    Enlisted 351
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,900 dwt
    non-refrigerated 440,000 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
    eight LCMs
    one LCP(L)
    fifteen 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 Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Theenim 78k USS Theenim (AKA-63) underway in January 1945 during her shakedown cruise in Chesapeake Bay.  

    USS Theenim (AKA-63)
    DANFS history entry located on the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Littlefield, Gordon A. :RADM USCG22 December 1944 - 18 October 1945
    02CAPT. Rhodes. E. K. USCG18 October 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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