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USS Valencia (AKA-81)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Juliet - Golf
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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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 20 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-SAJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1389) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 22 May 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 18 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Valencia (AKA-81), 9 January 1945, at Key Highway Plant, Bethlehem Steel Corp. Baltimore, MD., LCDR. Rodney A. Blake, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Valencia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Nineteen, COMO. C.D. Edgar;
    TransDiv Fifty-Seven, CAPT. G.F. Galpin USN (21) 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 Valencia was assigned to Occupation service from 25 September to 13 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 8 May 1946, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 13 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
  • Commercial Service
    Sold, 19 December 1947, to Lykes Lines, renamed SS Genevieve Lykes
    Sold, 10 January 1964, T. J. Stevenson and Co., Inc. New York N.Y,, renamed SS Garden State
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 April 1970, to Yu Kuo Steel Co. Ltd., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • USS Valencia earned one battle star for her World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,160 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers - 24
    Enlisted - 223
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boats
    fourteen LCVPs
    eight LCMs
    Cargo Capacity 5,275DWT
    non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft.
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 10,425 Bbls
    Diesel - 805 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Valencia 51k USS Valencia (AKA-81) at anchor, date and place unknown. Bruce Coffyn for his father Clarence Frank Coffyn, PHm USS Tyrrell, Courtesy Fred Gast USS Tyrrell
    Commercial Service
    Valencia 78k Ex-USS Valencia (AKA-81) underway in commercial service as the Lykes Bros. Cargoliner SS Genevieve Lykes approaching Bremen, Germany, circa late 1950s. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Valencia 180k SS Genevieve Lykes working cargo at Hamburg, Germany in 1960 while in commercial service for the Lykes Bros. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Valencia 63k Ex-USS Valencia (AKA-81) underway in commercial service as the T. J. Stevenson and Co. SS Garden City working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in August 1968. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Valencia 67k SS Garden City working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in August 1968. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Valencia (AKA-81)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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