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USS Volans (AKS-9)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Acubens Class General Stores Issue Ship
  • Laid down, 19 October 1942, as SS Edward Preble a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 772) at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
  • Launched, 2 February 1943
  • Designated General Stores Issue Ship (AKS-9), 13 November 1943
  • Fitted out at Tampa Bay Shipbuilding Co., Inc
  • Commissioned USS Volans (AKS-9), 31 March 1944, CDR. Sherman P. Perie, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Volans was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Volans was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    5 October to 29 November 1945 
    26 December 1945 to 16 February 194625 December 1945 to 16 February 1946
    17 to 21 February 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 17 June 1946, at Pearl Harbor
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 July 1946
  • 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
  • Towed to San Francisco and delivered to the Maritime Commission National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, 24 June 1947, for disposal, name reverted to SS Edward Preble
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 December 1964, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp. for $121,056.00 in a 2 ship sale, (PD-X-681 dated 17 November 1964), delivered 17 December 1964
    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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    Volans 33k Volans (AKS-9) moored to a buoy in the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 1946. John Fahey

    USS Volans (AKS-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Perie, Sherman P. USNR31 March 1944 - 31 October 1944
    02LCDR. Scudder, Manuel31 October 1944 - 17 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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