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USS Woodford (AKA-86)
International Radio Call Sign:
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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, 17 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1399), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 5 October 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 19 October 1944, from the Maritime Commission, and towed to her conversion yard at Hoboken, N.J.
Commissioned USS Woodford (AKA-86), 3 March 1945, at Todd Shipyard Corp., Hoboken, N.J., CAPT. Winston E. P. Folk USN in command
During WWII USS Woodford was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS Woodford was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|5 to 15 September 1945
|9 October to 15 December1945
Decommissioned, 1 May 1946, at Norfolk VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
USS Woodford earned one battle star for World War II service
Returned to the Maritime Commission at Lee Hall, VA., 10 May 1946, for disposal
Sold by the Maritime Commission for commercial service, 31 October 1947, to A. H. Bull Steamship Co., N.Y., renamed SS Suzanne
Sold to Westmount Shipping Co., N.Y., 14 December 1965, renamed SS Rappahannock
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 May 1973, to Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Ltd,. Taiwan
Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl), 14,160 (lim)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
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 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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|USS Woodford (AKA-86)
||USS Woodford (AKA-86) under way, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||Bow view of ex-USS Woodford (AKA-86) in merchant service as Westmount Shipping Co.'s SS Rappahannock moored at Bremerhaven, Germany while working cargo, 5 March 1967
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
||Stern view of SS Rappahannock moored at Bremerhaven, Germany while working cargo, 5 March 1967
||Photos by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS Woodford (AKA-86)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Folk, Winston Estes Pilcher, USN (USNA 1923)||3 March 1945 - 1 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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 28 September 2018
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