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USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246)
USAT Col. William J. O'Brien (1946 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Sierra - Sierra - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 January 1945, as MV Maiden's Eye, a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 2323) at Consolidated Steel Corp., Long Beach, CA.
  • Launched, 13 February 1945
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 10 April 1945
  • Turned over to the US Army and commissioned USAT Col. William J O'Brien, 11 July 1946
  • Decommissioned by the US Army and acquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246)
  • Placed out of service in the 1960s
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1973
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 9 November 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in the Netherlands to B.V. Intershitra, 9 November 1973
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 6,240 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 8"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel, single screw, 1,700hp

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    Col William J O'Brien 96k USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) moored pierside in either Greenland or Iceland, date unknown.
    Photo by Russell Hall.
    Jim Hall for his father Russell Hall
    Col William J O'Brien 52k USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) underway, date and location unknown. Bill Valashinas
    Col William J O'Brien 218k USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Col William J O'Brien 54k USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) moored outboard of USNS Sgt. Curtis F. Shoup (T-AG-175) at Malta, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Col William J O'Brien 106k USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) at Malta being assisted by the tug St. Lucian. circa 1960s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Military Sealift Command Collection photo # NH 98922
    Robert Hurst

    Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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