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USS Southampton (AKA-66)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - India - Bravo
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)
Purple Hearts (2-WIA, 1 April 1945 Iwo Jima)
Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 26 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1390) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 28 July 1944
Commissioned USS Southampton (AKA-66), 16 September 1944, at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C., CDR. Elias M. Doar Jr., in command
Decommissioned, 18 September 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., for fitting out
Recommissioned, 8 October 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., LCDR. Lester V. Cooke, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Southampton was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
TransRon Fifteen, CAPT. W. S. Popham USN (14);
TransDiv Forty-four, CAPT. J. H. Seyfried USN and participated in the following 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 to 11 April 1945
Following World War II USS Southampton was assigned to Occupation service from 3 September to 12 November 1945
Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at Portsmouth VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 22 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
USS Southampton earned two battle stars during World War II
Sold to Isbrandtsen Co. Inc, at Baltimore, MD. 15 August 1947, renamed SS Flying Clipper
Sold to American Export Lines, Inc., 16 July 1962
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 July 1971, to Chen Nan Steel and Iron Co., Taiwan
Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl), 14,160 (lim)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 5,275 DWT
non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft
NSFO 10,425 Bbls
Diesel 805 Bbls
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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||Launch of Southampton (AKA-66), 28 July 1944, at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, N.C.
||USS Southampton (AKA-66) under way, date and location unknown.
||Terry Sanders, Webmaster. USS Suffolk (AKA-69) History and Photos web site
| Merchant Service
American Export - Isbrandtsen Steamship Co.
||Ex-USS Southampton (AKA-66) in merchant service as the Isbrandtsen Co. freighter SS Flying Clipper moored
pierside, date and location unknown. Photo source nautilia.gr
USS Southampton (AKA-66)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Doar Jr., Elias M.||16 September 1944 - 18 September 1944|
| ||Decommissioned||18 September 1944 - 8 October 1944|
|02||LCDR. Cooke, Lester Vincent||8 October 1944 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 14 September 2018
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