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USS Alamosa (AK-156)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Foxtrot - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 November 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2101) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 14 April 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 10 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Alamosa (AK-156), 10 August 1944, LCDR. Kenneth C. Ingraham in command
  • Decommissioned, 25 August 1944, for conversion to an ammunition issue ship at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Recommissioned, 25 September 1944
  • During World War II USS Alamosa (AK-156) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 20 May 1946, Seattle, WA.
  • Turned over to the War Shipping Administration, 22 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 May 1972 (PD-X-734) for $6,227.22, to American Ship Dismantlers Inc., for non-transportation use. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 19 May 1972
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 8"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 69
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    one Nordberg Diesel, TSM 6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    Alamosa 37k USS Alamosa (AK-156), date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 32 Design 6AO. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
    Alamosa 50k USS Alamosa (AK-156), date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 32 Design 6AO. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site

    USS Alamosa (AK-156)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Ingraham, K. C.10 August 1944 - 25 August 1944
     Decommissioned25 August 1944 - 25 September 1944
    02LCDR. Zimmerman, George25 September 1944 - 2 May 1945
    03LCDR. Ball, William Charles2 May 1945 - 7 June 1945
    04LT. Hillman, Francis M.7 June 1945 - 20 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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