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USS Gwinnett (AVS-5)
USS Gwinnett (AG-92) (1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Mike - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 December 1943, as Gwinnett (AK-185), a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1), hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2116) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Redesignated a Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG-92)
  • Launched, 14 May 1944
  • Converted to a Gwinnett Class Aviation Stores Issue Ship at Port Houston Iron Works, Houston, TX.
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 13 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Gwinnett (AG-92), 10 April 1945, at Houston, TX., LT. Hugh K. Golway, USNR in command
  • Redesignated (AVS-5), 25 May 1945
  • Decommissioned, 11 February 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 11 February 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • Leased to General Steamship Corp., 7 November 1947
  • Sold, 14 August 1947, to the Republic of France, reflagged France, renamed MV Sainte Helene
  • Sold to Philippines concern, reflagged Philippines, renamed MV Prince K.L.
  • Grounded in the Sulu Sea in 1968m sustaining severed bottom damage
  • Salved but repairs uneconomic
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Hong Kong in 1970
    Displacement 2,411t.(lt), 6,240 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 11 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    Gwinnett 57k Launch Day, 14 May 1944, Postal Cover for Gwinnett (AG-92) Paul Pietosky
    84k Christening and launching of Gwinnett (AG-92), 14 May 1944, at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI. Gwinnett's sponsor was Mrs. Oliva Dionne, mother of the Dionne quintuplets.
    US Navy photo from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Library, Donated by Kenneth E. Thro
    John Spivey
    Gwinnett 112k Ex-USS Gwinnett (AVS-5) in the initial stages of conversion to the French merchant ship MV Sainte Helene, circa September 1947. Most of her military features are gone but she still has her Navy hull number on the bow.
    Photo by Albert C. Silveria, San Francisco, CA., courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Gwinnett (AG-92/ AVS-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Golway, Hugh Kinnon, USNR10 April 1945 - 11 December 1945
    01CDR. Selby, Malcolm Edgerton, USN (USNA 1921-a)11 December 1945 - 11 February 194
    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
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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