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USS Cabell (AK-166)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Golf - India

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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2111) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 23 December 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 11 April 1945, Commissioned USS Cabell (AK-166), the same day, LT. Edson J. McCluskey, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cabell was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Cabell was assigned to Occupation duty, 7 October to 24 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 19 July 1946, at Seattle, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 22 July 1946, at Olympia, WA.
  • Merchant Service
    Removed from the Reserve Fleet anchorage at Olympia, 7 May 1947, delivered to agent, American Mail Line
    Sold by the Maritime Commission to Rederlaktiebolaget Bris, 28 May 1947
    Resold in 1947, reflagged Sweden, renamed MV Sommen
    Resold in 1963, reflagged Greece, renamed MV Donald
  • Final Disposition, October 1963, posted as missing in Gulf of Aden, enroute to Jakarta, Indonesia from Yugoslavia, with cargo of concrete reinforcing bars
    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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    Cabell 55k USS Cabell (AK-166) at anchor, location unknown, circa late 1945.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 83241, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Cabell (AK-166)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McCluskey, Edson James, USNR11 April 1945 - 23 November 1945
    02LT. Pleshe, Alexander Henry, USNR23 November 1945 - 18 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 Cabell (AK-166) War Diary April to November 1945
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