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USS Mayfield Victory (AK-232)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Alpha - Alpha
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, 10 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 541) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 10 October 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 16 November 1944 and commissioned USS Mayfield Victory (AK-232), the same day, LCDR. Niels H. Olsen, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Mayfield Victory was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    5th and 3rd Fleet raids on support of Okinawa Gunto operations, 13 April to 18 May 1945
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 May to 30 June1945

  • Decommissioned, 5 April 1946, at San Francisco, CA., and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • USS Mayfield Victory (AK-232) earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Leased, 5 April 1946, under GAA (WSA-329) contract to Alcoa SS Co. at San Francisco, CA.
    Leased, 21 January 1947, under GAA (WSA-294) contract to Luckenbach SS Co., at Boston, MA
    Laid up, 14 December 1947, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C.
    Chartered, 12 January 1951, to American Export Lines, at Baltimore, MD.
    Laid up, 14 January 1954, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
    Leased, 7 September, 1966, under GAA contract to American Mail Lines Ltd. for MSTS operations
    Laid up, 19 January, 1970, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 March 1993 to Ever-Glitter Int'l., Ltd. New York, N.Y.
    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 steam turbine
    two Foster Wheeler header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Mayfield Victory
    NHHC photo # NH 78575
    96k Two versions of the same photo showing USS Mayfield Victory (AK-232), probably, when she returned to San Francisco from the Western Pacific in February 1946 after a stop at Seattle. Note in the first photo, which may have been used to sell the ship, LCT-755 and the forward gun tub have been removed from the photo.< br>US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 78575, courtesy Mike Green
    Tommy Trampp
    Mayfield Victory 77k
    Mayfield Victory 55k View of the stern of USS Mayfield Victory (AK-232) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Michael Rogers
    Mayfield Victory 59k Partial view of USS Mayfield Victory (AK-232)'s superstructure, date and location unknown. Michael Rogers
    Mayfield Victory 46k View looking forward from the bridge area of USS Mayfield Victory (AK-232), date and location unknown. Michael Rogers
    Mayfield Victory 71k Two USS Mayfield Victory (AK-232) crew members, date and location unknown. Michael Rogers

    USS Mayfield Victory (AK-232)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Olsen, Niels Herman, USNR16 November 1944 - 5 April 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 Mayfield Victory (AK-232) War Diary 16 Nov 1944 - 30 Nov 1945 and History
    Postal Covers related to the ship
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