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USS Starr (AKA-67)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (9 April 1945, Okinawa) - 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, 13 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1392), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co. Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 18 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Starr (AKA-67), 29 September 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., CDR. Frederick 0. Goldsmith in command
  • During WWII USS Starr was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20);
    TransDiv Fifty, CAPT. R.W. Abbot USN (20) 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 5 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 10 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    22 to 27 September 19453 to 18 December 1945
    20 to 29 October 1945 
    19 to 25 December 1945 

  • Decommissioned, 31 May 1946, at Norfolk VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 June 1946, National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Commercial Service
  • Dealt to Pacific Far East Lines, 3 December 1947, renamed SS India Bear
  • Sold in April 1957 to the Trans-Pacific Co.
  • Resold, 11 June 1959, to Derma INC., renamed SS Lanakila
  • Resold, 7 February 1961, to Far East Lines, renamed SS India Bear
  • Final Disposition, sold, 9 September 1970, to Sing Cheng Yuen Steel Col Ltd., for scrapping in Taiwan
  • USS Starr received two battle stars for World War II service
    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 5,275DWT
    non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft.
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,425 Bbls
    Diesel 805 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three Ship's Service Generators 300Kw, 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Starr 52k USS Starr (AKA-67) at anchor, date and location unknown. USS Starr web site
    Starr 25k USS Starr (AKA-67) at anchor, date and location unknown. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic
    Landmarks Commission web site
    Starr 19k USS Starr (AKA-67) at anchor, date and location unknown. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic
    Landmarks Commission web site
    Starr 138k Aft plan view of USS Starr (AKA-67) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 7 February 1946. Starr was under repair at the shipyard from 26 January to 8 February 1946. USS Mizar (AF-12) is outboard of Starr and USS General G. M. Randall (AP 115) and USS General William Mitchell (AP 114) are aft of Starr.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # AKA 67 550-46, Navy Photo, 2/7/46
    Darryl Baker
    Starr 128k Forward plan view of USS Starr (AKA-67) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 7 February 1946. USS Mizar (AF-12) is outboard of Starr.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # AKA 67 553-46, Navy Photo, 2/7/46
    Darryl Baker

    USS Starr (AKA-67)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Goldsmith, Frederick Oliver29 September 1944 - ?
    02LCDR. Moody Jr., Harold Abram29 May 1945 - 28 February 1946
    04CDR. Gunn, Frederick Arthur18 May 1946 - 31 May 1946
    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
    USS Starr (AKA-67) At the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission
    USS Starr (AKA-67)
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