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USS Troilus (AKA-46)

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

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

Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 March 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1907), at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Inc, Shipbuilding Division, Providence R.I.
  • Launched, 11 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS Troilus (AKA-46), 5 June 1945, LCDR. Nathan McKenzie, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Troilus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Troilus was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    27 September to 1 October 1945
    21 October to 11 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 19 June 1946, at Eureka Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Newburgh, New York
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1946
  • Returned the Maritime Commission, 1 September 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Brunswick River Group, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 April 1967, to Union Metals and Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y. (PD-X-755) for $71,345.00. Removed 18 May 1967. Scrapping completed 26 September 1967
    Displacement 4,087 t.(lt) 7,080 t(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16' (lim)
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 276
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo capacity 980 DWT
    non-refrigerated 110,000 Cu. ft.
    one LCP(L)
    twelve LCVPs
    two LCMs
    Troop Capacity 264
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,540 Bbls
    Diesel 365 Bbls
    two Westinghouse turbo-electric engines
    two Wickes boilers, 450psi 750°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 150Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
    twin propellers, 6,000shp.

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    Troilus 116k USS Troilus (AKA-46) launching at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Inc., Shipbuilding Division, Providence, R.I., 11 May 1945.Welsh-Kaiser Co. photo number V11 Thomas Weaver USMC
    Troilus 83k USS Troilus (AKA-46) Commanding Officer LCDR Nathan MacKenzie's message to his crew at commissioning, 5 June 1945. David Brown for his father Jack C. Brown USS Troilus
    Troilus 62k USS Troilus (AKA-46) list of officers attached at commissioning, 5 June 1945. David Brown for his father Jack C. Brown USS Troilus
    Troilus 79k USS Troilus (AKA-46) underway, date and location unknown. David Brown for his father Jack C. Brown USS Troilus
    162k USS Troilus (AKA-46) probably in San Francisco Bay, CA., with passengers from Okinawa on board, while taking part in Operation "Magic Carpet", 29 November 1945. Note: her decks are crowded with men.
    Original source photo for US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 80013
    John Chiquoine
    LST-737 1086k USS Troilus (AKA-46) moored at Pearl Harbor, circa 16 to 23 January 1946.
    Also present are:
    USS Bennington (CV-20) moored across the channel at NAS Ford Island,
    USS Troilus (AKA-46) moored astern of,
    USS Cape Gloucester (CVE-109),
    USS LST-1079 moored astern of
    USS LST-1070
    USS Terror (CM-5),
    USS LST-459 with LCT-1015 secured to her main deck, astern of
    USS LST-863
    Moored forward of LST-863 are an unidentified Minesweeper and two Rescue and Salvage ships
    The next pier has two unidentified ships, possibly AKs the Survey Ship
    USS Sumner (AGS-5), and two unidentified Minesweepers
    USS LST-737 moored astern of
    USS LST-45 moored astern of numerous Minesweepers and possibly
    USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85)
    US Navy photo BUAer photo # 496019 from "CINCPAC, Released 23 January 1946.
    David Buell

    USS Troilus (AKA-46)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. McKenzie, Nathan USNR5 June 1945 - 2 February 1946
    02CDR. Close, Robert Hamilton USN (USNA 1934)2 February 1946 - 14 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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