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USS Zaurak (AK-117)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Charlie - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Leyte operation) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 October 1943, as SS Hugh Young, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1964), at Todd Houston Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 18 November 1943
  • Accepted the US Navy, 27 November 1943 and placed in reduced commission, CDR. Charles D. Schultz, USNR (Ferry Crew # 7) in command
  • Delivered to Todd Johnson Shipyard, New Orleans, LA., for conversion to a Navy cargo ship
  • Decommissioned, 30 November 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Zaurak (AK-117), 17 March 1944, LCDR. John S. Kapuscinski, USNR, in command.
  • During World War II USS Zaurak was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 29 October to 8 November 1944

  • Following World War II USS Zaurak was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    20 October to 2 December 194520 October to 2 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 12 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission the same day for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 May 1963, to The Learner Corp./Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., Oakland, CA., removed, 19 June 1963, to The Learner Corp., Oakland, CA., completed, 14 August 1963
  • USS Zaurak earned one battle star for service in World War II
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.8 kts. (trial)
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 190
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 46
    Enlisted 1010
    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 Filer and Stowell 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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    Zaurak 95k USS Zaurak (AK-117) moored midstream, date and location unknown. David Nixon
    Zaurak 48k Sketch by Cressy of USS Zaurak (AK-117) underway. Russ Padden

    USS Zaurak (AK-117)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
     CDR. Schultz, Charles David, USNR (Ferry Crew # 7)27 November 1943 - 30 November 1943
     Decommissioned30 November 1943 - 17 March 1944
    01CDR. Kapuscinski, John Stanislaus, USNR17 March 1944 - 12 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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