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USS Caswell (AKA-72)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - India - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1402) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 24 October 1944
Acquired by the Navy, 27 November 1944
Commissioned USS Caswell (AKA-72), 13 December 1944, LCDR. Patrick Michael Diffley, USNR, in command
During World War II Caswell was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Graf USN (15);
TransDiv Sixty, CAPT. A. T. Moen USN (18) and participated in the following campaign;
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 9 April 1945
Following World War II USS Caswell was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September to 12 October 1945||13 to 24 November 1945
|28 November to 8 December 1945||14 March to 3 April 1946
Decommissioned, 19 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 21 June 1946, for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Caswell earned one battle star for World War II service
Sold, 23 June 1947, to South Atlantic SS Line, renamed SS Southwind
Sold in 1955 to the United States Lines
Renamed SS American Surveyor, 18 May 1961
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 7 June 1963, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Final Disposition, sold, 10 August 1973, to Northern Metal Co., (for non-transportation use) presumed scrapped
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 Caswell (AKA-72) painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 6AO, circa 1944, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 91139. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1980.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
South Atlantic Steamship Co.
United States Lines|
||Ex-USS Caswell (AKA-72) under way while in merchant service as the South Atlantic SS Lines freighter SS Southwind,
date and location unknown.
||South Atlantic SS Lines freighter SS Southwind under way, date and location unknown.
||SS Southwind working cargo at Bremen, Germany circa late-1947/early-1948. The ship to the right is the United States Lines C-2
type freighter SS Rattler being towed to her berth. Photo is from a Bremen City promotion brochure distributed in the mid-Sixties.
||Ex-SS Southwind in United States Lines colors as SS American Surveyor under way, date and location unknown.
Note her mainmasts have not yet been shortened to allow her to pass under the Manchester Canal bridges in the United Kingdom.
||SS American Surveyor in United States Lines colors, under way, location and date
unknown, originally copyrighted by the British ship photo collector Alex Duncan (deceased). Note the shortened masts, which enabled her to pass beneath the bridges on the
way to Manchester, U.K.
USS Caswell (AKA-72)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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