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USS Richland (AK-207)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - November - Papa
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, 15 January 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2161), at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched, 5 August 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 17 April 1945, and converted for Naval Service at Port Houston Iron Works, Houston, TX.
  • Commissioned, USS Richland (AK-207), 4 May 1945, at Houston, TX., LT. Isaac Hills III, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Richland was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 23 January 1946, at Mobile, AL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 23 January 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 December 1971, to Pyramid Ventures Group, Inc. (PD-X-924, dated 11 November 1971) for $35,000.00, withdrawn from the Mobile Reserve Fleet, 12 January 1972
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non refrigerated 177,515 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 TSM6 Diesel engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp

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    Richland 79k Reflecting the side-launching practice dictated by shipbuilding on inland waterways, Richland (AK-207), her name in white block letters on her bow, enters her element, 5 August 1944, while the christening party watches her progress from the platform at lower right and spectators afloat and ashore look on.
    US National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-266885, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green

    USS Richland (AK-207)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hills III, Isaac, USNR4 May 1945 - 23 January 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 Richland (AK-207) War Diary, June 1945 to November 1945
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