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USS Manderson Victory (AK-230)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Victor - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Boulder Victory Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 4 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 23 September 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 3 November 1944 and commissioned USS Manderson Victory (AK-230), LCDR. John Larsen, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Manderson Victory 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, 24 March to 30 June 1945
    5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 12 April to 15 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 10 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Manderson Victory earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Chartered, 6 June 1947, by United States Lines
    Returned to the Maritime Commission, 2 September 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group
    Chartered, 31 August 1950, by United States Lines
    Returned to the Maritime Commission, 17 October 1953, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group
    Chartered, 29 July 1966, by Farrell Lines Inc., (MSTS operations)
    Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 January 1970, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 August 1993, to Nishant Import and Export Co.
    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 Foster Wheeler 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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    War Shipping Administration
    Manderson Victory 37k Christening by the ship's sponsor Mrs. Florence Robertson and launching of Manderson Victory, 23 September 1944, at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA. Dale Hargrave
    USS Manderson Victory (AK-230)
    Manderson Victory
    Manderson is a town in Big Horn County, Wyoming. The population was 114 at the 2010 census. The town was originally called Alamo, but it was renamed in 1889 in honor of Charles F. Manderson, chief counsel for Burlington Railroad.
    Manderson Town Hall
    Tommy Trampp
    Manderson Victory 117k USS Manderson Victory (AK-230) under way, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Merchant Service
    Manderson Victory 257k SS Manderson Victory under way in the colors of the US Line, circa 1950, location unknown. A World Ship Society photo. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Manderson Victory (AK-230)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Larsen, John, USNR3 November 1944 - 10 May 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
    MARAD Vessel History Database

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