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USS Venango (AKA-82)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Lima - Echo
NHLE
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:
    Asiatic-Pacific 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 19454 October to 26 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 18 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
  • Commercial Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission for commercial service to the Waterman Steamship Corp., 11 February 1947
    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
  • USS Venango received one battle star for 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 5,275 DWT
    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 Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Venango 313k 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)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Whitaker, Thurman A.2 January 1945 - 27 November 1945
    02LCDR. Reilinger, Joseph27 November 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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