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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
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
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
USS Theenim earned one battle star for World War II service
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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||USS Theenim (AKA-63) underway in January 1945 during her shakedown cruise in Chesapeake Bay.
| 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 A. :RADM USCG||22 December 1944 - 18 October 1945|
|02||CAPT. Rhodes. Earl K. USCG||18 October 1945 - ?|
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 13 February 2015
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