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USS Fortune (AVS-2)
USS Fortune (IX-146) (1944-1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Tango - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Supply Class Aviation Stores Issue Ship:
  • Built in 1921 as SS City of Elwood by Doullut & Williams, New Orleans, LA.
  • Completed and delivered, 18 March 1921, the USSB
  • Acquired by the United States Lines, from the Maritime Commission under GAA charter, 5 December 1941
  • Acquired by the Navy, 16 February 1944, from the United States Lines at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Commissioned, USS Fortune (IX-146), 19 February 1944, at Pearl Harbor, LCDR. Konrad H. Carlson, USNR, in command
  • Redesignated (AVS-2), 25 May 1945
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 18 October 1945 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 August 1946, to American Iron & Steel, Co., Emeryville, CA., for $5.954.00
    Displacement 13,250 (fl.)
    Length 411'9"
    Beam 55'
    Draft 27' 2"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 150
    one single 4"/50 cal gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity Diesel-7,410 Bbls
    one Busch-Sulzer Diesel 6 CMT
    Ships Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 340Kw 240V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 35Kw 240V D.C.
    single propeller, 3,500shp

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    Merchant Service United States Lines.
    Fortune 139k SS City of Elwood underway on 20 June 1943, location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # RG-80-G-71311, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    USS Fortune (AVS-2)
    Fortune 78k USS Fortune (AVS-2) at anchor, photographed after the ship was reclassified as AVS-2 in May 1945.
    US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 84652, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Fortune (IX-146/AVS-2)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Carlson, Konrad H. USNR16 February 1944 - 18 October 1945AK-43
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

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