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USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Delta - India
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Boulder Victory Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 16 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract MCV hull 545) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 17 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236), 11 December 1944, LCDR. Eric H. Petrelius, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Lakewood Victory was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 28 February to 5 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 30 June 1945
    5th and 3rd Fleet raids on support of Okinawa Gunto operations, 3 to 25 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 16 May 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 16 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS Lakewood Victory earned two battle stars for her World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Acquired by General Agency Agreement by Prudential SS Corp., 16 May 1946, San Francisco, CA.
    Chartered by Pacific Far East Lines, Inc., 9 January 1947, at Suisun Bay
    Laid up, 27 June 1949, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
    Chartered by Pacific Transportation Lines, Inc., 22 July 1950
    Acquired by General Agency Agreement by Pacific Transportation Lines, Inc., 2 June 1952, at Baltimore, MD.
    Laid up, 31 July 1952, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
    General Agency Agreement to Wessel, Duval & Co., 31 March 1953, James River
    Laid up, 29 September 1953, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group
    Acquired by General Agency Agreement by American Foreign Steamship Co. (MSTS operations), 7 December 1965, Hudson River
    Laid up, 24 October 1969, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 August 1993, to California Import Export Inc., for $368,512, removed from the Reserve Fleet anchorage, 25 September 1993
    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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    USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236)
    Lakewood Victory 92k USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236) at anchor, probably when she returned to San Francisco in March 1946 after a postwar voyage to the Western Pacific. Her armament had been removed, probably during repair work at Puget Sound in October and November 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 83248, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service Pacific Far East Lines
    Lakewood Victory 497k Ex-USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236) as the Pacific Far East Lines SS Lakewood Victory moored at San Francisco, CA., circa 1947-1949 Christopher Botamer

    USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Petrelius, Eric Harmon, USNR11 December 1944 - 2 April 1946
    02LT. May, John Donald USN2 April 1946 - 16 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
    USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236) War Diary 1Dec 1944 - 29 Sept 1945 and History
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