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USS Boulder Victory (AK-227)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Uniform - Romeo
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 (with Asia clasp)

Boulder Victory Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 18 June1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 536) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 31 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Boulder Victory (AK-227), 12 October 1944, LT. Francis E. Church in command
  • During and following World War II USS Boulder Victory (AK-227) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and performed Occupation duty from 30 October to 10 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 4 January 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 11 January 1946, for disposal
  • Merchant Service
    Turned over to Parry Navigation Co., for operation by the Maritime Commission, in 1946
    Inactivated at Wilmington, N.C., in 1947
    Reactivated for commercial operations by Isbrantsen Co., Inc, in 1951
    Turned over for commercial operations to American-Hawaiian Steamship Co., date unknown
    Inactivated in 1953 and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, trade out for scrapping, 28 November 1983, to C. J. W. Shipping and Trading Co., scrapped in Kaohsiung circa 1983-1984
    Displacement 15,580 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 87
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 18,575 Bbls
    one Westinghouse turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 6,000shp

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    Boulder Victory 110k USS Boulder Victory (AK-227) at Ulithi, 9 June 1945, after being drydocked there in USS ABSD-2 to repair mine damage. While departing Kossol Passage in the Palaus on 20 December 1944, Boulder Victory struck a mine that blew a hole 18 by 32 foot in hold number three. The mine failed to detonate her cargo of ammunition and there were no crew injuries.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-334493, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
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    USS Boulder Victory (AK-227)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Church, Francis Edward12 October 1944 - 4 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 Boulder Victgory (AK-227) War Diary and History, October 1944 - November 1945

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