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USS Towner (AKA-77)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - India - Zulu
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship
Laid down, 8 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1383), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 18 June 1944
Commissioned USS Towner (AKA-77), 1 December 1944, CDR. Robert Park Erdman, USN (Ret) in command
During World War II USS Towner was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Nineteen, COMO C. D. Edgar USN (12);
Following World War II USS Towner was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|6 to 14 September 1945||16 November to 2 December 1945
|10 to 19 October 1945||
|25 October to 15 November 1945||28 October to 15 November 1945
Decommissioned, 10 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 13 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet in early 1947 and towed to Bath, ME. for reconversion to commercial service
Sold to Pacific Far East Lines Inc, 19 September 1947, renamed SS Philippine Bear
Sold to Trans-Pacific Co. March 1957
Renamed SS Kaimana, 13 November 1958
Sold to Darama Inc., 23 June 1959
Sold to Long Island Tankers Corp., 3 May 1960
Renamed SS Guam Bear, 13 July 1960
Sold to Pacific Far East Lines Inc., 7 September 1961
Final Disposition, abandoned as a constructive total loss in March 1967
Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,160 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Officers - 62
Enlisted - 333
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 Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships's Service Generators
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||USS Towner (AKA-77) underway, circa 1944-45, location unknown.|
US Navy photo # NH 80011, courtesy of James Russell
|US Naval Historical Center
| Merchant Service
Pacific Far East Lines
||Ex-USS Towner (AKA-77) in merchant service as the Pacific Far East Liner SS Guam Bear, circa1960, location unknown,|
Photo copyrighted by A. Duncan.
USS Towner (AKA-77)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Erdman, Robert P., USN (Ret.)||1 December 1944 - ?|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Towner (AKA-77) Ship's History, December 1944 to September 1945
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 8 March 2019
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|