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USS Alamance (AKA-75)

International Radio Call Sign:
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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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1405), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 11 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Alamance (AKA-75), 22 December 1944, CDR. John Otto Stein in command
  • During World War II USS Alamance was assigned to th Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
    Trans Div Sixty-Five, CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18)
  • Following World War II USS Alamance was assigned to Occupation service from 21 to 25 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 25 June 1946, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for commercial service in 1947 to Prudential Line Shipping Co. renamed SS Southstar
    Sold in 1961, renamed SS American Supplier
    Sold in 1963, renamed SS Alcoa Voyager
    Sold in 1969, renamed SS Columbia Fox
    Sold in 1971, renamed SS Antillian Fox
    Final Disposition, scrapped in 1971 at Taiwan

    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 20
    Enlisted 233
    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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    USS Alamance (AKA-75)
    Alamance 98k USS Alamance (AKA-75) underway on the Cooper River off Charleston Navy Yard, S.C,, 15 January 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-77195, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Alamance 33k Bow on view of USS Alamance (AKA-75) underway on the Cooper River off Charleston S.C, 15 January 1945.US Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo #159-45. Robert Hall
    Alamance 85k USS Alamance (AKA-75) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Bob Denninger WT3/c USN, Alamance>i> January 1945 to May 1946
    Alamance 41k USS Alamance (AKA-75) at anchor with boats alongside, date and location unknown. .
    Grafton 54k USS Alamance (AKA-75), at left, and USS Grafton (APA-109), at right, moored pierside at Sasebo, Japan, 1945 Submitted by John Dupre' for his father-in-law Edmund H. Cokely EMC USN Asst Electrical Officer USS Grafton.
    Merchant Service
    Alamance 33k Ex-USS Alamance (AKA-75) under way while in service as Prudential Line Shipping Co.'s SS Southstar, circa 1947-61. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Alamance 89k SS Southstar berthed at Bremen, Germany, early Fifties. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Alamance 40k SS American Supplier leaving Bremen, Germany, March 1962. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Alamance 79k SS Alcoa Voyager at Bremerhaven, Germany, April 1967. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Alamance (AKA-75)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Stein, John Otto22 December 1944 - June 1945
    02LCDR. Brooke, Russell J.June 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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