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USS Stokes (AKA-68)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - India - Foxtrot
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, 26 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1394) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 31 August 1944
Commissioned USS Stokes (AKA-68), 4 November 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., LCDR. George W. Graber USNR in command
During World War II USS Stokes was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20);
TransDiv Fifty-One, CAPT. J. L. Allen USNR and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 2 March 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 19 April 1945
Following World War II USS Stokes was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|9 to 25 September 1945
|28 October to 14 November 1945
Decommissioned, 9 July 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 9 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
USS Stokes earned two battle stars for World War II service
Sold to Oceanic SS Co., 9 May 1947, converted to a Maritime Commission hull type (C2-S-AJ1), renamed SS Sierra
Sold by Oceanic SS Co., 3 March 1961, to Matson Navigation Co., renamed SS Hawaiian Banker
renamed SS Fanwood, 8 September 1961
Sold by Matson Navigation Co., to Sea-Land Services Inc., 15 September 1961.
Sold to Georgelis Mid-America Lines, Inc., 20 April 1964, renamed SS A & J Doctor Max
Re-possessed by Sea-Land Services Inc., 10 July 1964, renamed SS Fanwood
Title transferred to the Maritime Administration under the MARAD Exchange Program, 13 May 1965
Leased by MARAD to Sea-Land Services Inc., 13 May 1965
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 22 April 1966, at Hoboken, N.J.
Sold to Waterman Industries Corp., 22 April 1966
Sold by Waterman Industries Corp., to Gatx/Boothe Corp. 15 May 1969
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Taiwan by Gatx/Boothe Corp. to Kenematsu-Gosho, Ltd., Japan, 4 September 1971
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 5,275DWT
non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft.
NSFO 10,425 Bbls
Diesel 805 Bbls
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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|USS Stokes (AKA-69)
||USS Stokes (AKA-68) underway, date and location unknown.
||Mary (Miracle) Palmer for her father Warren Howard Miracle USS Stokes
||USS Stokes (AKA-68) LCVP-3, on the beach at Iwo Jima, unloading supplies and material, date unknown.
| Merchant Service
Waterman Steamship Corp.
||Ex-USS Stokes (AKA-68) in merchant service as the Waterman S.S. Co. cargo ship SS Fanwood under way on the River Weser, Germany on a foggy day in February 1963.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS Stokes (AKA-68)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Graber, George W., USNR||4 November 1944 - 12 November 1945|
|02||LT. McClelland, R.T., USNR||12 November 1945 - 24 December 1945|
|03||CDR. Cairen, Hugo Igor, USNR||24 December 1945 - June 1946|
|04||LTjg. Hughes, Arthur W. P.||June 1946 - 9 July 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 Stokes (AKA-68) War Diary / History and Action Reports October 1944 to November 1945
MARAD Vessel History Database