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USS Situla (AK-140)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Echo - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 January 1943, as SS John Whiteaker, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1590), at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 7 February 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 2 December 1943
  • Converted for Naval service at Hunter's Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, CA. and fitted out at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA.
  • Commissioned, USS Situla (AK-140), 14 January 1944, LCDR. Dewey F. Anderegg, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Situla was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following WWII USS Situla was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East 2 September to 1 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 23 April 1946, at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 30 December 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 January 1948
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 March 1961 (PC-X-599) for $62,139.89 to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 8 August 1961, Dismantled by Learner Corp. Oakland, CA., completed 28 September 1961
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Total Accommodations
    Officers 28
    Enlisted 253
    Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 416,489 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 37 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 9,660 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    one Iron Fireman 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.
    one propeller, 2,500shp

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    Situla 58k USS Situla (AK-140) underway in San Francisco Bay, late 1945. Edward R. Middleton, S-1/c, USNR, Crew Member 1945-46

    USS Situla (AK-140)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Anderegg, Dewey F.14 January 1944 - 8 September 1944
    02LCDR. Higenbotham, LeRoy H.8 September 1944 - 23 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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