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USS Lynx (AK-100)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Xray - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 April 1943, as SS Juan Baptista de Anza, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 1657) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 18 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Lynx (AK-100), 26 July 1943, LCDR. Leander Jeffrey in command
  • During World War II USS Lynx was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 April to 5 May 1945

  • Decommissioned, and returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 November 1945, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., name reverted to SS Juan Baptista de Anza
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 November 1945
  • USS Lynx earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 October 1972, to The Learner Corp./Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., Oakland, CA., removed, 10 November 1972, to The Learner Corp., Oakland, CA.
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 24
    Enlisted 214
    Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
    non-refrigerated 404,845 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
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    one Joshua-Hendy. vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Lynx 33k USS Lynx (AK-100) at anchor, date and location unknown. Douglas Johnson
    Lynx 53k Her “Liberty Ship” lines clearly apparent, USS Lynx (AK-100), part of a tank landing craft (LCT) secured as deck cargo forward, delivers Section 13 of the advanced base sectional dock USS ABSD-1 at Pallikula Bay, Espiritu Santo, 1 February 1944.
    US National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-244481, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    USS Lynx (AK-100)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Jeffrey, Leander, USNR26 July 1943 - 10 May 1944
    02LCDR. Berrey, Julius Max10 May 1944 - 1 November 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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