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USS Rolette (AKA-99)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Kilo - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia and Europe clasps) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 December 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 221), at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • Launched, 11 March 1945
  • Commissioned, USS Rolette (AKA-99), 27 April 1945, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.., CDR. Lamar M. Wise, USN in command
  • During World War II USS Rolette was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Rolette was assigned to Occupation service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    Asia - 5 to 17 September 1945
    Asia - 3 to 22 October 1945
    Asia - 28 October to 23 November 1945
    Europe - 4 May to 17 October 1953

  • USS Rolette (AKA-99) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.3.1 Transportation Group (Transportation Division (TRANSDIV 31) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 31 March 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
  • Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 13 August 1951, for delivery to US Navy
  • Reinstated in the Naval Register, 13 August 1951
  • Recommissioned, 23 February 1952, at Oakland, CA.
  • Decommissioned, 1 May 1956, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Title transferred to US Navy, 31 May 1956
  • Assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 28 June 1960, for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • Sold to American Ship Dismantlers Inc., Portland, OR. for scrapping, 16 February 1978 for $142,680.81. (PD-X-1035 dated 6 January 1978)
  • Final Disposition, delivered, 18 March 1978 to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., for scrapping
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,200 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 387
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 440,000 Cu ft
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    eight LCMs
    one LCP(L)
    fifteen LCVPs
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 11,190 Bbls
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Rolette 70k USS Rolette (AKA-99), at anchor, date and location unknown. SSG Thomas E. Blainey U.S. Army for his father Robert A. Blainey, S/1c. USS Rolette
    Rolette 72k USS Rolette (AKA-99) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 7 April 1952.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. 80-G-441065
    Mike Green
    Rolette 133k Amidships plan view looking forward of USS Rolette (AKA-99) along side an unidentified LSD at Hunters Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, 26 March 1952.
    Naval Shipyard Mare Island photo # NY9-12475-3-52, 3/26/52
    Darryl Baker
    Rolette 131k Stern plan view of USS Rolette (AKA-99) along side an unidentified LSD at Hunters Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, 26 March 1952.
    Naval Shipyard Mare Island photo # NY9-12478-3-52, 3/26/52
    Darryl Baker

    USS Rolette (AKA-99)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Wise, Lamar Munroe, USN27 April 1945 - 3 March 1947
    02LCDR. De Blanc, Albert Charles USN3 March 1947 - 1 April 1947
     Decommissioned1 April 1947 - 13 August 1951
    03CAPT. Davis, James Henry1953 - ?
    04CAPT. Craighill, Robert Rutherford :RADMno dates
    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
    USS Rolette (AKA-99) War Diaries April 1945 to November 1945 and History
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