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USS Liguria (AKS-15)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Xray - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from 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 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 3071) at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
  • Launched, 1 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 17 November 1944, placed in reduced commission for transit to her fitting out yard at East Boston, MA., LCDR. Todd F. Marvin, USNR (Aux Ferry Crew #5) in command
  • Decommissioned, 20 November 1944, at Bethlehem Steel's Simpson Yard, East Boston, MA. for conversion to a General Stores Issue Ship
  • Commissioned USS Liguria (AKS-15), 6 July 1945, LCDR. Samuel C. Dawson Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Liguria was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Liguria was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    26 October 1945 to 22 April 194626 October 1945 to 22 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, 15 August 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • 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 for transfer to the Maritime Commission
  • Laid up, 23 April 1947, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scraping, 15 March 1974, to Donkuk Steel Co. of America, Ltd. for $516,645.00 (PD-X-972 dated 22 January 1974), delivered 13 March 1974
    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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    Liguria 56k USS Liguria (AKS-15) at anchor in May 1946, probably in San Francisco Bay after returning from duty in the Far East.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 83309, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Liguria (AKS-15)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LCDR. Marvin, Todd Franklyn, USNR (Aux Ferry Crew #5)17 November 1944 - 20 November 1944
     Decommissioned 20 November 1944 - 6 July 1945
    01LCDR. Dawson Jr., Samuel Cooper, USNR6 July 1945 - 6 February 1946
    02LT. McIlwaine Jr., James Stephen, USNR6 February 1946 - 14 July 1946
    03LT. Kokx, Joseph Julius, USNR14 July 1946 - 15 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Christmas 1945 and New Years 1946 greetings card created and sent by officers and men of USS Liguria
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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