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USS Livingston (AK-222)
USS Livingston (AP-163) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 March 1943, as SS Josiah D. Whitney, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1637) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 16 April 1943
  • Chartered to Matson Navigation Co., 28 April 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Livingston (AP-163), 10 November 1943, LCDR. Leroy J. Alexanderson in command
  • Reclassified Cargo Ship (AK-222), 20 August 1944
  • During World War II USS Livingston was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 3 to 8 February 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 20 June to 10 August 1944

  • Following World War II USS Livingston performed occupation duty in the Far East from 3 October to 6 November 1945, anchoring in Tokyo Bay Berth E-1, with occupation troops on 24 October 1945 and departed 7 November 1945 for Agana, Guam
  • Decommissioned, 27 February 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 February 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • USS Livingston earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 February 1973, to Chi Shun Hua Steel Co., LTD.
  • Physically removed from the Reserve Fleet, 27 March 1973
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 24' 6"
    Speed 12.8 kts.
    Complement and Troop Accommodations
    Officers 80
    Enlisted 1,162
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,470 DWT
    non-refrigerated 300,000 Cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,660 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 250psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 120Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    USS Livingston (AP-163)
    Livingston 22k USS Livingston (AP-163) Meal Ticket, issued to a Marine passenger. Mike Sharp
    USS Livingston (AK-222)
    Livingston 79k USS Livingston (AK-222) in San Francisco Bay, CA., in late 1945 or early 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 98738 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Livingston (AP-163 / AK-222)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Alexanderson, Leroy John10 November 1943 - 16 August 1944
    02LCDR. Dutton, Frank William, USNR16 August 1944 - 22 April 1945
    03LT. Menge, Robert Frederick, USNR22 April 1945 - 27 February 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
    USS Livingston (AK-222) War Diary, September 1944 to November 1945
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