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USS Venango (AKA-82)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Lima - Echo
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, 6 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1391), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 9 August 1944
Delivered to the US Navy, 25 August 1944, at Wilmington, N.C. and towed to her conversion yard at Hoboken, N.J.
Commissioned USS Venango (AKA-82), 2 January 1945, at Bethlehem Steel Co. Hoboken, N.J., LCDR. Thurman A. Whitaker, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Venango was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
TransDiv Sixty-Three, CAPT. F. M. O'Leary USN (20) and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 to 22 April 1945
Following World War II USS Venango was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|13 to 19 September 1945||4 October to 26 November 1945
Decommissioned, 18 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 22 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
USS Venango earned one battle star for World War II service
Laid up, 11 June 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Sold by the Maritime Commission for merchant service to the Waterman Steamship Corp., 11 February 1947, renamed SS Ponce De Leon
Sold to Isbrandsten Co. Inc. in March 1952, renamed SS Flying Eagle
Sold to American Export Lines Inc., 31 August 1962 (American Export Isbrandsten Line, Inc. 8 June 1964)
Sold to Valmar Shipping Agency, Ltd., 21 November 1968, for $957,818.00, renamed SS Southern Star
Sold to the (Greek) Polembros Group, renamed SS Anna, reflagged Panamanian, 17 February 1970
Final Disposition, scrapped at Bilbao, Spain in February 1971
Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,160 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Officers - 24
Enlisted - 223
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 5,275 DWT
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 Gears
three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships's Service Generators
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||Ex-USS Venango (AKA-82) as the Panamanian SS Anna at Bremerhaven in June 1970. Anna was on her way from Gdansk (Poland) to India with a full cargo of sulphur, when she encountered heavy weather in the North Sea. Her cargo shifted and she developed a list of about 45 degrees; the vessel flooded and was abandoned, 23 May 1970. Salvage tugs tow her into Bremerhaven, where the vessel was pumped out, her cargo discharged. The ship was uprighted and repaired and the cargo was re-loaded. Anna then continue her voyage to India.
||Photo by Gerhard Muller-Debus
USS Venango (AKA-82)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Whitaker, Thurman Albert USNR||2 January 1945 - 27 November 1945|
|02||LCDR. Reilinger, Joseph Andrew USNR||27 November 1945 - 18 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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 16 October 2015
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