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USS Brevard (AK-164)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 September 1944, as Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2109) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 18 November 1944
  • Delivered the US Navy and commissioned USS Brevard (AK-164), 19 February 1945, Lt. Paul J. Wild, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Brevard was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Brevard was assigned to China service from 25 October 1945 to 30 January 1946
    USS Brevard (AK-164) holds the Guinness Book of Records for "Most People Rescued at Sea (Civilian)" - On 22
    January 1946 the crew of Brevard, commanded by LT. John L. Elliott, rescued 4,296 Japanese civilians whose ship,
    Enoshima Maru was sinking after hitting a mine off
    Shanghai, China, See Brevard - Newspaper Article and Photos
  • Decommissioned, and returned to the Maritime Commission, 3 July 1946, at Olympia, WA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 5 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission, 17 March 1947, Netherlands owner, for $693,826.00, renamed MV Zeehond
    Resold in 1948 to Koninglijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj., Amsterdam, renamed MV Hestia
    Resold in 1962 to Saudi Arabian owners, renamed MV Leila B
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping at Tienstsin, China in August 1970
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    refrigerated 9,830 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 TSM6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    Brevard 36k USS Brevard (AK-164) at anchor in the stream on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 27 October 1945. Jesse Bradford for his Father LTjg J. L. Bradford USS Brevard and LCT-659
    Merchant Service
    Brevard 75k Ex-USS Brevard (AK-164) in merchant service as the Netherlands flagged MV Zeehond Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Brevard 456k Ex-USS Brevard (AK-164) Dutch flagged, in merchant service as the Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's MV Hestia underway, date and location unknown. While under the Dutch flag MV Hestia operated in the Netherlands - Caribbean trade for 15 consecutive years, sometimes transiting the Panama Canal, ongoing to Peruvian ports.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Brevard 65k Ex-USS Brevard (AK-164) in merchant service as the Saudi Arabian flagged MV Leila B Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Brevard (AK-164)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wild, Paul James, USNR19 February 1945 - 4 December 1945
    02LT. Elliott, John, Lewis Oliver, USN4 December 1945 - 3 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Brevard (AK-164) War Diary April to December 1945 and History
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