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USS Cepheus (AKA-18)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Papa - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS Cepheus (AKA-18) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 207) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
Allocated to the US Navy as AK-67
Launched, 23 October 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 15 December 1943
Commissioned USS Cepheus (AKA-18), 16 December 1943, CAPT. Robert B. Hall, USCG, in command
During WWII USS Cepheus was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of southern France
Saint Raphael, 15 to 25 August 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April 1945
When assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Cepheus (AKA-18) came under the command of:
TransRon Eighteen, COMO J. G. Moyer USN (14);
Following World War II USS Cepheus was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|22 to 30 September 1945||26 December 1945 to 22 January 1946
|19 to 29 October 1945||
Decommissioned, 22 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Cepheus earned two battle stars for World War II service
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 September 1946, at the Maritime Commission National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, Jones Point, N.Y.
Delivered, 5 May 1947, to Maryland Drydock Co. for reconversion to merchant service
Sold for merchant service to United States Lines, 8 October 1947, renamed SS American Hunter
Title returned to the Maritime Administration, 11 January 1961
Operated as a bare bottom charter by United States Lines from 11 January 1961 to 1 March 1966
Sold to Sperling Steamship and Training Corp., 1 March 1966, renamed SS Brookville
Served in the US east-coast to Pacific trade, delivering commercial and military cargo to the Far East via the Panama Canal
Final Disposition, 3 April 1968, being on a ballast voyage home from Sattahip (Thailand) to Tampa, FL, she ran aground at full speed on a reef off Honduras and was
heavily damaged. Refloating not being possible, she was finally abandoned as a constructive total loss June 1968
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt), 14,200 t.(lt)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,895 DWT
non-refrigerated 420,000 Cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3'?50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 11,010
one General Electric steam turbine
two Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single shaft, 6,000shp
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||Cepheus (AKA-18) under construction at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J., circa November 1943.
U.S. Navy photo from MARAD
||USS Cepheus (AKA-18) underway, circa December 1943 in New York Harbor.
U.S. Navy photo
Battleship Iowa Pacific Battleship Center
||USS Cepheus (AKA-18) underway near Navy Yard Norfolk, VA. 9 December 1944. Her camouflage scheme is measure 32/8T.
U.S. Navy photos #'s 80-G-294251, 19-N-96758 and 19-N-96759 now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives
||USS Cepheus (AKA-18) underway at Norfolk, VA., 16 December 1944.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-81312, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
||USS Cepheus (AKA-18) conducting amphibious operations off Honolulu, T.H. in 1945.
||From the photo diary of Edward R. Mueller, SC/2c USS Cepheus
||USS Cepheus (AKA-18) underway, probably, in San Francisco Bay, CA., circa late 1945 or early 1946.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 78551, courtesy of James Russell.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
United States Lines|
||Ex-USS Cepheus (AKA-18) underway while in merchant service as the United States Lines SS American Hunter, date and location unknown.
Original copyright belonged to the late British ship photo dealer Alex Duncan.
USS Cepheus (AKA-18)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Hall, Robert B. USCG :RADM||16 December 1943 - 1944|
|02||CDR. Sarratt Jr., Robert Clifton USCG||16 June 1944 - 6 June 1945|
|03||CAPT. McKay, Donald Edward USCG :RADM||11 June 1945 - January 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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 12 May 2023
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