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USS Shoshone (AKA-65)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Golf - Kilo
NHGK
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1388), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 17 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Shoshone (AKA-65), 24 September 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., LCDR. Stanley E. Melville, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS Shoshone was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    TransRon Fifteen, CAPT. W. S. Popham USN (14)
    TransDiv Forty-Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 1 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Shoshone was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    1 to 18 October 1945
    4 to 22 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • USS Shoshone earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission for commercial service in 1947
  • Merchant Service
    Purchased by Oceanic Steamship Corp. in 1947, renamed SS Alameda
    Traded to Matson Lines in 1961, renamed SS Hawaiian Trader
    Sold to Waterman Steamship Corp renamed SS Short Hills in late 1961
    Renamed SS Colorado in 1964
    Sold to AEC Shipping Corp., New York, renamed SS U.S. Mate in 1966
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in February 1971, at Kaohsuing, Taiwan
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl), 14,160 (lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 62
    Enlisted 333
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boats
    fourteen LCVPs
    eight LCMs
    Cargo Capacity 5,275 DWT
    non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,425 Bbls
    Diesel 805 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster Wheeler boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three Ship's Service Generators 300Kw, 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Shoshone (AKA-65)
    Shoshone 57k USS Shoshone (AKA-65) under way, date and location unknown. Terry Sanders USS Suffolk
    Shoshone 85k USS Shoshone (AKA-65) seen from astern, with USS LSM-145 alongside. Probably during the Iwo Jima landings in February 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105032. Collection of Robert B. Campbell. Courtesy of his family, 2007.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Shoshone 90k USS Shoshone (AKA-65) at right off Iwo Jima during the landings there, February 1945. At left is USS LST-713, with USS LCI(G)-739 alongside.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105030. Collection of Robert B. Campbell. Courtesy of his family, 2007.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Shoshone 74k USS Shoshone (AKA-65) at right off Iwo Jima during the landings there, February 1945. USS LST-785 is in the extreme left. USS LST-713, with USS LCI(G)-739 alongside, is in the left center,
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105030. Collection of Robert B. Campbell. Courtesy of his family, 2007.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Shoshone 67k USS Shoshone (AKA-65) at anchor, probably in San Francisco Bay, in late 1945 or in 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 78594. Courtesy of James Russell.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Merchant Service Matson Lines Waterman S.S. Corp.
    Shoshone 75k Ex-USS Shoshone (AKA-65) showing Matson Line colors as SS Alameda moored pierside, date and location unknown Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Shoshone 108k Ex-USS Shoshone (AKA-65) in merchant service as the Waterman Steamship Corp., SS Short Hills at Bremerhaven, Germany in April 1963. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Shoshone 59k Ex-Shoshone (AKA-65) under way while in merchant service as the AEC Shipping Company's SS US Mate in the Malacca Strait, circa late 1960s.
    Photo by Airfoto Malacca.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Shoshone (AKA-65)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Melville, Stanley Edward29 September 1944 - 21 April 1945
    02CDR. Flenniken, James Alexander21 April 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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