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USS Tyrrell (AKA-80)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Lima - Alpha
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 9 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1387),
at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, July 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 30 July 1944, and towed to her conversion yard at Baltimore, MD.
Converted for naval service as to an Attack Cargo Ship
Commissioned USS Tyrrell (AKA-80), 4 December 1944 at Key Highway Plant, Bethlehem Steel Corp., Baltimore, MD., LCDR. John L. McLean, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Tyrrell was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Nineteen, COMO C.D. Edgar USN (12);
TransDiv Fifty-Six, CAPT. G.F. Galpin USN (21) and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 10 April 1945
Following World War II USS Tyrrell was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 21 October to 13 November 1945
Decommissioned, 19 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 22 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
USS Tyrrell earned one battle star for her World War II service
Sold, 26 May 1947, to Pacific Far East Line Inc. and renamed SS California Bear
Renamed SS America Bear, 24 January 1961
Sold, 15 June 1962, to Central Gulf Steamship Corp., renamed SS Green Lake
Sold, 4 January 1965, to Oceanic Ore Carriers, Inc., renamed SS Oceanic Cloud
Returned to the Maritime Administration (exchange program),
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 October 1967, to Kuang I. Enterprises Co., Ltd., China
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 Foster Wheeler 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 Tyrrell (AKA-80)
||Christening of Tyrrell (AKA-80) by Miss Juanita Ogburn (President of the Cleveland 4-H Club of Johnston County, N.C.) and
launching in July 1944 at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C.
||USS Tyrrell (AKA-80) under way off Norfolk, VA., 5 January 1945. Tyrrell is wearing camouflage scheme 32/6Ao.
Photo taken by an airship from blimp squadron ZP-24 from NAS Weeksville, N.C.
US National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-301930, a US Navy photo courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, usndazzle.com)
| Merchant Service
Pacific Far East Lines
||Ex-USS Tyrrell (AKA-80) under way as the Pacific Far East liner SS California Bear, circa early-1950s.
USS Tyrrell (AKA-80)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. McLean, John L. USNR||4 December 1944 - 18 December 1945|
|02||LT. Bamford, Robert Charles USNR||18 December 1945 - 21 December 1945|
|03||CAPT. Fortson, Robert Michael USNR||21 December 1945 - 19 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Tyrrell (AKA-80) War Diaries, Ship's History and Action Reports, December 1944 to November 1945
Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 10 May 2019
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