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USS Adhara (AK-71)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Guadalcanal, 7 April 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Crater Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 16 September 1942, as SS G. H. Corliss, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 425) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 27 October 1942
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 6 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Adhara (AK-71), 16 November 1942, LCDR. William W. Ball, USNR, in command
  • During World War II Adhara was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of the Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of southern Solomons, 29 March and 7 April 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 27 May 1945

  • Decommissioned, 7 December 1945, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 11 December 1945, for disposal or lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, named reverted to SS G. H Corliss
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • USS Adhara earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 October 1971 to Hierros Ardes S.A. Spain, Removed, 23 November 1971
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 180
    Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 406,031 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    one Willamette Shipbuilding vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    82k Port broadside view of USS Adhara (AK-71) off San Francisco, 26 November 1942. Note SBD plane atop after hatch.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7296-11-42, 11/26/42
    Darrly Baker
    172k Port quarter view of USS Adhara (AK-71) off San Francisco, 26 November 1942. Note SBD plane atop after hatch.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 83894
    Mike Green
    Adhara 129k Aft plan view of USS Adhara (AK-71) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 18 August 1943. The bow of USS St. Louis (CL-49) is in the background, far right along with covered lighter YF-467.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5950-43, 8/15/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Adhara 171k Broadside view of USS Adhara (AK-71) off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 20 August 1943. USS Adhara was in overhaul from 11 July to 20 August 1943.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-50249, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Darryl Baker and
    Robert Hurst
    Adhara 66k Bow on view of USS Adhara (AK-71) departing Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 20 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5956-43, 8/20/43.
    Darryl Baker

    USS Adhara (AK-71)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Ball, William Warren, USNR16 November 1942 - 1 June 1944
    02LCDR. Callaway, Arvin Wilson1 June 1944 - 7 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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