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USS Amador (AK-158)

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

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

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2103), at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 15 June 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 10 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Amador (AK-158), 9 October 1944
  • Decommissioned, 23 October 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR., for conversion to an ammunition tender;
  • Recommissioned, 25 November 1944, LT. Fred W. Beyer in command
  • During World War II USS Amador (AK-158) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1946, at Seattle, WA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 21 June 1946, at Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 23 July 1946, for disposal
  • Merchant Service
    Sold, 23 March 1948, by the Maritime Commission to Sudden & Christensen, Inc., agents for Rederacti Edolajet Signy for merchant service. reflagged Sweden, to buyer, 13 April 1948, renamed MV Skagern
    Resold in 1963, reflagged Greece, renamed MV Nicoloas
    Renamed MV Dina, reflagged Lebanon
    Renamed MV Alkistis in 1973
    Final Disposition, scrapped in Spain in 1980

    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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    USS Amador (AK-158)
    Amador 105k USS Amador (AK-158) at anchor in the Columbia River, OR., 4 December 1944.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 19-N-76408 a US Navy Bureau of Ships completion photo by Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR., courtesy
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service
    215k Ex-USS Amador (AK-158) in merchant service as the Lebanon flagged MV Dina at anchor, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Amador (AK-158)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Beyer, Fred William9 October 1944 - 23 October 1944
     Decommissioned23 October 1944 - 25 November 1944
    01LT. Beyer, Fred William25 November 1944 - 2 August 1945
    02LT. Hodges Jr., George William2 August 1945 - 17 December 1945
    03LT. Bond, Daniel B., USNR17 December 1945 - 20 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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