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USS Sirius (AK-15)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Sirius Class Cargo Ship:
  • Built in 1918-1919 as SS Saluda under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract at American International Shipbuilding Corp., Hog Island, PA.
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board, 18 April 1918 and turned over for operation to International Mercantile Marine Co. the same day
  • Acquired by the Navy, 10 December 1921
  • Commissioned USS Sirius (AK-15), 20 December 1922
  • During World War II USS Sirius was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned. 26 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission at the National Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. for disposal, 30 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 July 1947, to Kaiser Co., Removed 19 September 1947
    Displacement 4,037 t. 11,360 t.(fl)
    Length 401'
    Beam 54'
    Draft 24' 5"
    Speed 11.5 kts (trial)
    Officers 19
    Enlisted 207
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Cargo Capacity 5,000 DWT
    Non-refrigerated 254,723 Cu ft
    Refrigerated 7,000 Cu ft
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose guns
    eight 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 7,330 Bbls
    one General Electric-Curtis geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 215psi, Sat.
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Merchant Service
    Sirius 237k News clipping from the Hog Island News in 1919 documenting the success of SS Saluda's maiden voyage.
    Photo by George Groesbeck.
    John Chiquoine
    USS Sirius (AK-15)
    Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky.
    Tommy Trampp
    Sirius 402k Yard dredge Endicott (YM-2) forward of USS Sirius (AK 15) in the right upper corner at Mare Island Navy Yard, 5 May 1931.
    Courtesy of Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum. File 6908-5-31, US Navy, 5/5/1931
    Darryl Baker
    Sirius 190k USS Sirius (AK-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Jim Kurrasch
    Battleship Iowa Pacific Battleship Center
    239k USS Sirius (AK-15) departing Mare Island 9 February 1933. Note Carquinez Bridge to the left.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 70741
    Darryl Baker
    Sirius 28k Starboard side view USS Sirius (AK-15) at sea, date unknown Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    108k USS Sirius (AK-15) underway at sea, circa 1937.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 83760
    Mike Green
    Sirius 03k USS Sirius (AK-15) pierside in a tropical location, possibly the Panama Canal Zone. Her bridge structure is in its original configuration, with an open conning position above the pilot house protected only by a canvas cover.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. 80-G-456004, courtesy
    Mike Green.
    Sirius 133k USS Sirius (AK-15) near Mare Island Navy Yard, 16 January 1942, after installation of armament. Her armament arrangement is similar to that of USS Spica except that the forward pair of 3"/50 guns has been moved from the bridge wings to two bandstands just aft of the bridge. She also has positions for .50 caliber anti-aircraft machine guns that were soon replaced with 20mm guns. All guns have splinter protection.
    US. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-26702, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Sirius 100k USS Sirius (AK-15), at Guam, 23 June 1942, taking aboard Japanese prisoners of war, survivors of the aircraft carrier Hiryu, at Midway for transportation to Hawaii. They had been rescued by USS Ballard (AVD-10) a few days earlier. Note armed guards nearby, crowd of on lookers, and widespread use of the old-style "tin hat" battle helmets.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-79982-24 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sirius 98k USS Sirius (AK-15) near US Naval Drydocks, Hunters Point, San Francisco, 29 January 1945. after change of armament. Her armament has been modified along the same lines as that of USS Capella in 1943, including a 5"/38 gun on the stern and two 3"/50s at each end of the ship, all on raised platforms.
    US. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # none, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Sirius (AK-15)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Cumming, John Whitlow Wetherill22 December 1922 - 17 December 1924
    02CDR. Rees, Albert Shaffner17 December 1924 - 16 January 1926
    03LCDR. McCain, John Sidney ("Mac") :ADM16 January 1926 - 23 July 1926
    04CDR. Gaddis, William Peace23 July 1926 - 13 September 1926
    05CDR. Rogers Fred Fremont13 September 1926 - 1927
    06CAPT. Pegram, George Cargill25 August 1927 - 27 June 1928
    07CDR. Bratton, Leslie Emmett :RADM27 July 1928 - 27 June 1929
    08CAPT. Goss, Nelson Henry27 June 1929 - 4 December 1930
    09CDR. Cummings, Damon Earhart4 December 1930 - ?
    10CDR. Stewart, Ralph Roderick7 May 1932 - 17 August 1934
    11CDR. Richardson, Clifford Geer17 August 1934 - 10 June 1935
    12CDR. Wiley, Herbert Victor10 June 1935 - 1 May 1936
    13CDR. Crutcher, Chauncey Rolfe 1 May 1936 - 12 June 1938
    14CDR. Holloway Jr., Samuel Lemuel12 June 1938 - 21 September 1939
    15CDR. Momsen, Charles Bowers (Swede) :VADM21 September 1939 - 1 October 1941
    16CDR. Tarbutton, Elmer Allan1 October 1941 - 9 February 1943?
    17CDR. Rhoads, Forrest Alexis :RADM9 February 1943 - 10 January 1944
    18CDR. Johnson, Hans Gerhard Reinhard10 January 1944 - 9 December 1944
    19LT. Lyden, John Robert9 December 1944 - 9 January 1945
    20CDR. Johnson, Hans Gerhard Reinhard9 January 1945 - 22 June 1945
    21LCDR. Lucas, Vincent Francis22 June 1945 - 26 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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