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Lost to enemy action, 22 June 1943

USS Aludra (AK-72)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (22 June 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (2-KIA and 12 WIA, 22 June 1943)

Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 October 1942, as, SS Robert T. Lincoln, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 437), at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 7 December 1942
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 14 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS Aludra (AK-72), 26 December 1942, LCDR. Dale E. Collins in command
  • During World War II USS Aludra was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of southern Solomons, 16 June 1943

  • Sunk by the Japanese submarine HIJMS RO-103 torpedo attack, 22 June 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Aludra earned one battle star for her World War II service
    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 Joshua-Hendy 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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    Aludra 61k USS Aludra (AK-72) under way, circa late 1942 or early 1943. Note her deck cargo of four Grumman F4F "Wildcat" fighters and several landing craft.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104025.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Aludra (AK-72)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Collins, Dale Edmond :RADM26 December 1942 - 22 June 1943
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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