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USS Grumium (AVS-3)
USS Grumium (IX-174) (1944 - 1945)
USS Grumium (AK-112) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Victor - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6-7 April 1945)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Crater Class Cargo Ship / Grumium Class Aviation Supply Issue Ship
  • Laid down, 12 November 1942, as SS William G. McAdoo, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 443) at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 20 December 1942
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 30 December 1942, under a GAA agreement for operation by American President Lines
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 5 October 1943
  • Converted for Naval service at Todd Shipyard, Seattle, WA.
  • Commissioned USS Grumium (AK-112), 20 October 1943, LCDR. Francis W. Dutton, USNR, in command
  • Converted to a Grumium Class Aviation Supply Issue Ship, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Unclassified, (IX-174), 20, June 1944
  • During World War II USS Grumium was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 6 June 1945
  • Redesignated (AVS-3), 25 May 1945
  • Decommissioned, 20 December 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • USS Grumium earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 27 December 1945, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 April 1970, to N. V. Intershita, c/o Seabrokers Inc., removed and resold, 18 May 1970, to Salvamento y Demolicion Naval S. A. Barcelona, Spain for scrapping, completed, 27 October 1970
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11 kts. (trial)
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 190
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,470 DWT
    non-refrigerated 272,146 Cu ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    one General Machine vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Grumium 86k Starboard side view of USS Grumium (AK-112), probably circa late October 1943 in San Francisco Bay.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85466. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1977.
    Mike Green

    USS Grumium (AK-112 / IX-174 / AVS-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Dutton, Francis W., USNR20 October 1943 - 15 May 1944
    02LCDR. Parylak, Byron J., USNR15 May 1944 - 20 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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