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USS Merak (AF-21)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Romeo - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Mizar Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as the Passenger Liner SS Veragua at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA., for United Fruit Co.
  • Delivered to United Fruit Co, 5 August 1932
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 20 March 1942
  • Converted for Naval service at Todd Galveston Dry Dock Co., Galveston, TX.
  • Commissioned USS Merak (AF-21), 8 May 1942, at Galveston, CDR. Lawrence E. Divoll USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at New York, N.Y.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to United Fruit Co., 21 June 1946, name reverted to SS Veragua
  • Sold in December 1958 to Elder & Fyffes, reflagged Great Britian
  • Renamed SS Sinaloa, 2 October 1964
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Ghent, Belgium in March 1965
    Displacement 7,068 t.(lt) 14,875 t.(fl)
    Length 447' 10"
    Beam 60'
    Draft 24' 6"
    Speed 19 kts. (max)
    Cargo Capacity 2,030 DWT
    refrigerated 147,180 Cu ft
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 220

    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    one single 5"/51 cal gun mount
    three single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 8,900 Bbls
    two General Electric turbo-electric engines
    three Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 350psi 366°
    three turbo-drive 500Kw 240 V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    USS Merak (AF-21)
    Merak 30k USS Merak (AF-21) underway, date and location unknown. The 100th Infantry Division web site.
    Merak 124k USS Merak (AF-21) underway, 23 June 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Merak 76k USS Merak (AF-21) off Norfolk Navy Yard, 20 September 1944. The two single 3"/50 guns on deck forward have been replaced by a single 3"/50 on a raised platform.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-73129, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service United Fruit Co. Elder & Fyffes Lines
    247k Post card image of United Fruit Co.'s cargo/passenger liner SS Veragua, pre or post WWI underway, date unknown.
    Photo from by photolibrarian
    John Spivey
    Merak 168k Elder & Fyffes' SS Sinaloa under way with the assistance of a tug, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Merak 267k SS Sinaloa under way in harbor, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Merak 174k SS Sinaloa moored pierside, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Merak (AF-21)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Divoll, Lawrence Eliott USN (USNA 1921-b)8 May 1942 - 29 May 1942
    02CDR. Beattie, Thomas Tylor USN (USNA 1922)29 May 1942 - 13 June 1943
    03LCDR. Cawthon, Joyce Clyde USN (USNA 1922)13 June 1943 - ?
    04LCDR. Turpin, Edward Allen USNR2 September 1944 - ?
    05LCDR. Ferrell, Frank Patten USNR25 June 1945 - 5 January 1946
    06LCDR. Mangels, Merritt USNR5 January 1946 - 21 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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