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USS Auburn (AGC-10)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Charlie - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Mount McKinley Class Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 August 1943, as SS Kathay, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull 1351) at North Carolina Shipbuilding and Drydock, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 19 October 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 31 January 1944
  • Converted to an Amphibious Force Command Ship at Bethlehem Steel Co., Hoboken, N.J.
  • Commissioned USS Auburn (AGC-10), 20 July 1944, at Hoboken, N.J., CAPT. Ralph Orsen Myers in command
  • During World War II USS Auburn (AGC-10) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima - 19 February to 27 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto - 31 May to 21 June1945

  • Following World War II USS Auburn was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 18 September to 12 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 7 May 1947, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • USS Auburn earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal, November 1960
  • Final Disposition sold for scrapping, 17 February 1961, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD. (PD-X-597) for $211,666.66
    Displacement 7,500 t.(lt), 12,580 t.(fl)
    Length 459'3"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 16.4 kts.
    Officers 54
    Enlisted 632
    Staff Accommodations
    Officers 71
    Enlisted 132
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    fourteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 22,650 Bbls
    Diesel 700 Bbls
    one General Electric Geared turbine drive
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Auburn 406k Port quarter view of USS Auburn (AGC-10) wearing camouflage scheme 32/8f outside of Pearl Harbor, 11 November 1944.
    US National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-277024, a US Navy photo courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,
    Mike Green
    Auburn 125k USS Auburn (AGC-10) at anchor in Manila Bay, circa August-September 1945. Capt Jerry Mason, USN
    Auburn 113k USS Auburn (AGC-10) at anchor off San Francisco, CA. circa November 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 77383, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, CA. 1973.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Auburn (AGC-10)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Myers, Ralph Orsen20 July 1944 - 31 May 1945
    02CAPT. Welker Jr., George Washington31 May 1945 - July 1946
    03CAPT. Pleasants Jr., Arthur Lee, USN (USNA 1922)July 1946 - 1 April 1947
    04LCDR. Seward, Jack, USN 1 April 1947 - 7 May 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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