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USS Claiborne (AK-171)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Hotel - Whiskey

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2144) at Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
  • Launched, 3 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Claiborne (AK-171), 19 April 1945, LT. Robert B. Johnston, USNR in command
  • During and following World War II USS Claiborne was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and performed Occupation duty in the Far East from 21 January to 7 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 7 February 1946, at Yokosuka, Japan, returned to the War Shipping Administration, Tokyo office, custody passed to the US War Department
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 5 May 1950, at Olympia for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 January 1971, (PD-X-892), for $30,000 to Marine Power & Equipment Co., Inc. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 1 February 1971
    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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    USS Claiborne (AK-171)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Johnston, Robert B., USNR19 April 1945 - 7 February 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 Claiborne (AK-171) War Diary May to November 1945 and History
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