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USS Lenoir (AKA-74)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - India - Romeo
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, 7 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1404) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 7 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Lenoir (AKA-74), 14 December 1944, LCDR. Marcus L. Whitford, USNR, in command.
  • During World War II USS Lenoir was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
    TransDiv Sixty-Five, CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18) and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 to 22 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    19 October to 10 November 1945 
    21 January to 4 March 194621 January to 4 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 13 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Lenoir received one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 14 June 1946
  • Merchant History
    Sold for commercial service, 1 October 1947, to Lykes Bros. S.S. Co. Inc., renamed SS Margaret Lykes
    Resold in 1947 to Gulf and South American S.S. Co., renamed SS Gulf Merchant
    Resold, 5 November 1964, to Delta Steamship Co. Inc., renamed SS Del Aires
    Resold, 28 June 1968, to Columbia Steamship Co., Inc., renamed SS Columbia Tiger
    Resold. 9 September 1970, reflagged The Netherlands, renamed SS Antillian Tiger
    Final Disposition, scrapped in 1971

    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl), 14,160 (lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 23
    Enlisted 224
    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
    fourteen LCVPs
    eight LCMs
    Cargo Capacity 5,275DWT
    non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft.
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Lenoir 163k Launch of Lenoir (AKA-74), 6 November 1944, at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, N.C.  
    Lenoir 35k USS Lenoir (AKA-74) at anchor, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II web site
    Lenoir 126k USS Lenoir (AKA-74) passing under the Cooper River Bridge at Charleston S.C, January 1945.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Lenoir 69k Port bow down view of USS Lenoir (AKA-74) under way on the Cooper River at Charleston S.C,, 6 January 1945.
    US Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo # 64-45
    Robert Hall

    USS Lenoir (AKA-74)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Whitford, Marcus. L., USNR14 December 1944 - 1945
    02LCDR. Berrey, Julius Max1945 -1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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