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USS Gadsden (AK-182)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Lima - Echo
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 in 1943-44 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2113) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 8 April 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 26 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Gadsden (AK-182), 28 February 1945, at New Orleans, LA., LT. Walter J. Sattel, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Gadsden was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 31 January 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 February 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission, 16 August 1946, to American Eastern Corp. New York, N.Y. for $693,862.00, US flagged, name retained
  • Re-purchased by the Maritime Administration, 23 May 1955, at Seattle, WA.
  • Sold, 2 June 1955, to the Republic of Korea, reflagged South Korean and renamed MS Yosu
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5kts
    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, 1,700shp

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    Gadsden 97k Ex-USS Gadsden (AK-182) underway in merchant service as the Korean flagged MS Yosu in the Malacca Strait, circa 1970s.
    ©Airfoto Malacca.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Gadsden (AK-182)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sattel, Walter J., USNR28 February 1945 - 31 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Documents of Interest
    USS Gadsden (AK-182) War Diary February to October 1945 and History
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