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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
  • Commercial 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

  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Commercial Service
    Alamance 33k Ex-USS Alamance (AKA-75) underway while in commercial 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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