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USS Appanoose (AK-226)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Uniform - 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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Crater Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 20 June 1944, as SS A.J. Cassatt, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2662) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore MD.
  • Launched, 27 July 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 10 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Appanoose (AK-226), 26 September 1944, LCDR. Volmer H. S. G. Holm, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Appanoose was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 May to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 26 November 1945, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. and turned over to the
  • War Shipping Administration (WSA) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
  • USS Appanoose (AK-226) earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold to Fordom Trading Co, N.Y., November 1947, for Cia de Operaciones Maritimas SA, Panama RP - renamed SS Santa Ana - reflagged Panamanian.
    Sold to Cia Nav San Maritine SA, Panama RP in 1951- name retained - Panamanian flagged
    Sold to San Martin Cia de Nav SA, 1952, - name retained - Panamanian flagged
    1958 managed by Cargo & Tankship Management Corp, N.Y.
    1961 managed by Santa Maria Shipowning & Trading Co (Bermuda) Ltd - name retained.
    Arrived Yokohama, 4 November 1964, in tow after losing propeller while bound from Osaka to Portland, OR.
    Sold to Japanese breakers - arrived Yokosuka about 23 December 1964
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in January 1965
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 191
    Cargo Capacity 7,160DWT
    non-refrigerated 451,000 Cu ft.
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 13,500 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 bbls
    one General Machinery Corp. Hamilton, OH. vertical tripe-expansion steam engine
    two Babcock & Wheeler header-type boilers, 220psi 450° Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Merchant Service
    Appanoose 417k SS A. J. Cassatt on delivery from Bethlehem-Fairfield in August 1944.
    US Navy photo.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Appanoose 81k Ex-USS Appanoose (AK-226) in merchant service as SS Santa Ana underway, date and place unknown. David Nixon
    Appanoose 429k SS Santa Ana departing Vancouver, BC, circa 1950s
    Photo ©F. R. Sherlock.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Appanoose (AK-226)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Holm, Volmer H. S. G,, USNR 26 September 1944 - 26 November 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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