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USS Wheatland (AKA-85)


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


Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1397), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 21 September 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 6 October 1944, from the Maritime Commission and towed to her conversion yard at New York City
  • Converted to an Attack Cargo Ship at Atlantic Basin Iron Works, New York, NY
  • Commissioned USS Wheatland (AKA-85), 3 April 1945, CDR. Attilio A. Vischio, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Wheatland was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USN
    TransDiv Seventy-Two, CAPT. H.Y. McCown USN (18)
  • Following World War II USS Wheatland was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 27 September 1945
    10 to 26 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 25 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 April 1946, for disposal at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Commercial Service
    Sold, 3 April 1947, to A.H. Bull, New York, N.Y. renamed SS Beatrice
    Sold to First Steel & Ship Corp., 13 March 1964 (US Marshal's Sale)
    Sold to Bermuda Shipping Corp., 15 April 1964, renamed SS Bangor operated by Waterman SS Corp.
    Sold to North East Shipping Corp., 8 December 1967, renamed SS Grand Loyalty, reflagged Panamanian
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in December 1973
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl), 14,160 (lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 387
    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 and Wheeler header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three Ship's Service Generators 300Kw, 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Wheatland 58k USS Wheatland (AKA-85) at anchor, date and location unknown. Don and Vivian Malloy
    Wheatland 45k USS Wheatland (AKA-85) at anchor, date and location unknown. Don and Vivian Malloy
    Wheatland 111k USS Wheatland (AKA-85) at anchor, and nested with an unknown US Navy ship, date and location unknown. Don and Vivian Malloy
    Wheatland 36k USS Wheatland (AKA-85) at anchor, and nested with an unknown US Navy ship, date and location unknown. Don and Vivian Malloy
    Commercial Service
    Wheatland 323k Ex-USS Wheatland (AKA-85) in commercial service as the Waterman SS Corp.'s SS Bangor loading cars and US Army material at Bremerhaven, Germany, 16 June 1966.

    International Radio Call Sign:
    Kilo - Charlie - Victor - Tango
    KCVT
    Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Wheatland (AKA-85)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Vischio, Attilio Anthony21 July 1943 - 14 December 1943
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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