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USS Talita (AKS-8)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Zulu - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Acubens Class General Stores Issue Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 April 1943, as SS Jonathan Jennings a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE-2012) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 12 May 1943
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 20 May 1943, at Portland OR.
  • Operated for the War Shipping Administration under contract by Alaska SS Lines from 20 May 1943 to 5 November 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy on a bare boat basis from the War Shipping Administration, 5 November 1943; renamed Talita, 13 November 1943
  • Converted to a General Stores Issue Ship at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL.
  • Commissioned USS Talita (AKS-8) 4 March 1944, CDR. Hans Harley, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Talita was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Talita was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 25 September to 1 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 9 April 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T. H.
  • All ships of the Acubens class were meant to be used as Bikini Assets, in 'C' test and were kept at Pearl Harbor until a decision was made in 1947 to transfer custody of these ships to the Maritime Commission
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 July 1947
  • Towed to San Francisco for lay up
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 9 July 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 October 1962, to Union Minerals and Alloys for $47,389.99 (MA-3148), delivered, 5 November 1962
    Displacement 5,240 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 24
    Enlisted 194
    Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,230 DWT
    non-refrigerated 219,018 Cu ft
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,660 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    one Iron Fireman vertical reciprocating steam engine
    two Wickes header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Talita 211k USS Talita (AKS-8) at anchor off San Francisco, CA. in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 77389, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California, 1973.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Talita (AKS-8)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Harley, Hans4 March 1944 - 26 August 1944
    02CDR. Cochrane, Edwin Fridley26 August 1944 - 1 April 1945
    03LT. Simmons, William Vincent, USNR1 April 1945 - 29 May 1945
    04LCDR. Graves Jr., James H.29 May 1945 - 10 November 1945
    05LT. Simmons, William Vincent, USNR10 November 1945 - 9 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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