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USS Alderamin (AK-116)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Mike - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Crater Class Cargo Ship: Laid down, 5 October 1943, as SS J. S. Cullinan, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1963), at Houston Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 13 November 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 25 November 1943, and placed in reduced commission for transit to her conversion yard, LCDR. Hans B. Olsen, USNR, (Ferry Crew #2) in command
  • Decommissioned, 29 November 1943, at Mobile AL.
  • Recommissioned, 3 April 1944, at Mobile, AL., CDR. Edward J. Fluhr USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Alderamin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Alderamin was assigned to China Service from 8 to 12 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 10 April 1946
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 10 April 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet and transferred to the US Navy, 17 February 1965
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1965
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 190
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 48
    Enlisted 1018
    Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,520 DWT
    non-refrigerated 417,330 Cu ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    one National Transit Pump & Machine Co. vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    187k USS Alderamin (AK-116) possibly at anchor in San Francisco Bay in April 1946 just prior to decommissioning and delivery to the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay.
    U.S. Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    281k Ex- USS Alderamin (AK-116) moored at Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA., 19 February 1965. Photo by Charles A. Thompson

    USS Alderamin (AK-116)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS
    Commanding Officers
     LCDR. Olsen, Hans B, USNR (Ferry Crew #2)25 November 1943 - 29 November 1943
     Decommissioned29 November 1943 - 3 April 1944
    01CDR. Fluhr, Edward Joseph, USNR3 April 1944 - 10 August 1944
    02LCDR. Oxley, Alfred James, USNR10 August 1944 - 10 July 1945
    03LCDR. Gumper, Herbert Frederick, USNR10 July 1945 - 10 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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