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USS Autauga (AK-160)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Foxtrot - Papa

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2105), at Kaiser Cargo, Co., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 7 August 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 24 November 1944 and Commissioned USS Autauga (AK-160) the same day, LCDR. George L. Eastman, USNR, in command
  • Converted for Naval service at US Navy Dry Docks, Terminal Island, CA.
  • During World War II USS Autauga was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 24 June 1946, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 25 June 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for merchant service by the Maritime Commission, 6 April 1948, to Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's., Amsterdam. Removed from the Reserve Fleet to Pope & Talbot Lines, agent for buyer. Reflagged Dutch, renamed MV Hersilia
    Sold in 1963, to Saudi Lines, renamed MV Fauzia B
  • Final Disposition, disappeared from shipping registers in 1972, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 8"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    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 Autauga (AK-160)
    Autauga 115k USS Autauga (AK-160) underway off San Francisco, CA. late 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 78145
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Merchant Service
    Autauga 68k Ex-USS Autauga (AK-160) Dutch flagged, in merchant service as the Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's MV Hersilia underway, date and location unknown. While under the Dutch flag MV Hersilia operated in the Netherlands - Caribbean trade for 15 consecutive years, sometimes transiting the Panama Canal, ongoing to Peruvian ports. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Autauga (AK-160)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Eastman, George Louis, USNR24 November 1944 - 9 June 1945
    02LT. Rininger, Jack Albert, USNR9 June 1945 - 1 October 1945
    03LT. Faulkner Jr., James Michael, USNR1 October 1945 - 24 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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