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USS Iolanda (AKS-14)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Xray - Charlie
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
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 as SS William A Dobson, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under a Maritime Commission contract at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
  • Launched, 21 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 30 October 1944, placed in reduced commission for transit to her fitting out yard, LCDR. James H. Graves, Jr., USNR, (Aux Ferry Crew #1) in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 October 1944, at Bethlehem Steel's Simpson Yard, East Boston, MA. for conversion to a General Stores Issue Ship
  • Recommissioned USS Iolanda (AKS-14), 12 June 1945, LCDR. Eugene G. Kelly, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Iolanda was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Iolanda was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    25 September to 6 October 19457 October 1945 to 26 January 1946
     14 March to 10 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 11 July 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
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 14 April 1947, at San Francisco for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 November 1972, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp, for $40,000.00 (PD-X-949) delivered, 30 January 1973, scrapped by NASSCO at Terminal Island, CA.
    Displacement 5,240 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 180
    Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,500 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 9,640 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    one Iron Fireman vertical reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Iolanda 46k Invitation to the Commissioning Ceremony of USS Iolanda (AKS-14) at Bethlehem Steels Simpson Shipyard, East Boston, MA., Tuesday, 12 June 1945. Ron Reeves
    Iolanda 89k USS Iolanda (AKS-14) under way, 22 June 1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 89190
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Iolanda (AKS-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LCDR. Graves, Jr., James Henry, USNR (Aux Ferry Crew #1)30 October 1944 - 31 October 1944
     Decommissioned31 October 1944 - 12 June 1945
    01LCDR. Kelly, Eugene Glenn, USNR12 June 1945 - 21 February 1946
    02LCDR. Miller, Sverre, Knute, USNR21 February 1946 - 11 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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