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USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245)
USAT CAPT. Arlo L. Olson (1946 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Echo - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down as MV Crown and Diamond, a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2477) at Jones Construction Company, Brunswick GA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, 31 July 1945, to United States Maritime Commission (War Shipping Administration custody) at Brunswick, GA.
  • To Lykes Bros. for operation under a General Agency Agreement, 31 July 1945, at Brunswick, GA.
  • To Lykes Bros. for operation under a Bare Bottom Charter, 16 June 1945, at Houston, TX.,
  • To Lykes Bros. for operation under a Maritime Commission Bare Bottom Charter, 4 September 1945, at New Orleans, LA.
  • To Marine Operating Company, for operation under a General Agency Agreement, 31 August 1947, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Laid up, 23 September 1947 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Acquired by the US Army Transportation Corps, date unknown
  • Placed in service as USAT CAPT. Arlo L. Olson
  • Acquired from the US Army as USAT CAPT. Arlo L. Olson, 1 March 1959
  • Transferred, 1 March 1950, to the Military Sea Transportation Service for placed in service as USNS CAPT. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245)
  • Placed out of service, date date unknown
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 22 May 1958
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 February 1972 (PD-X-930) for $23,666.00, to Andy Equipment Co., withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and delivered 2 May 1972
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 8"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    Armament unarmed
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    one Nordberg Diesel, TSM 6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    USAT CAPT. Arlo L. Olson
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    Arlo L. Olson (April 20, 1918 – October 28, 1943) was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II. Olson joined the Army from Toronto, South Dakota, and by October 13, 1943 was serving as a captain in the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. On that day and the following two weeks, he showed conspicuous leadership during the push across the Volturno River in Italy. Olson repeatedly led his men in attacks against German forces, personally capturing several enemy positions, until he was mortally wounded during a reconnaissance patrol. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor ten months later, on August 31, 1944. Olson, aged 25 at his death, was buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    Text: Wikipedia
    Photo from the South Dakota Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
    Bill Gonyo
    Capt. Arlo L. Olson 85k USAT CAPT. Arlo L. Olson moored pierside, possibly at Okinawa, date unknown. Mike Harpe

    USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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