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USS Trego (AKA-78)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Kilo - Xray
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 14 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1384), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 20 June 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 4 July 1944, transferred to the US Navy the same day
  • Commissioned USS Trego (AKA-78), 21 December, 1944, LCDR. James F. Hunnewell, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Trego was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B. Knowles USN (17);
    TransDiv Thirty-Six, CAPT. G.W. Johnson USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 to 11 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Trego was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 25 September to 1 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 22 May 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS Trego earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission in 1946, to Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. Inc. in 1946
    Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 27 January 1947, for towing to Mobile AL, by Moran Towing & Transportation Co.
    Turned over to Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc., at Mobile, AL., 9 July 1947, for commercial service, renamed SS Mason Lykes
    Sold to Ocean Freighting & Brokerage Corp. (T.J. Stevensons Steamship Co.), renamed SS Flower Hill
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 October 1969, to Tung Tan Manufacturing Col., Ltd., Taiwan
    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,160 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers - 24
    Enlisted - 223
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    fourteen LCVPs
    eight LCMs
    Cargo Capacity 5,275DWT
    non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft.
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 10,425 Bbls
    Diesel - 805 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Trego (AKA-78)
    86k Trego (AKA-78) underway, probably while fitting out for US Naval service, circa late 1944. Her guns have not yet been installed.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Catalog No. NH 90563, Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1980.
    Mike Green
    Trego 62k USS Trego (AKA-78) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Leland Smith in honor of his father Leland L. (Roy) Smith S1/c USS Trego
    Trego 137k USS Trego (AKA-78) original N division (Radar operators and signalmen), date and location unknown. Clif (Rocky) Rockwell USS Trego
    Trego 591k USS Trego (AKA-78) at anchor, date and location unknown. Clif (Rocky) Rockwell USS Trego
    Trego 92k USS Trego (AKA-78) underway near Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 14 March 1946. Trego was in overhaul at Mare Island from 15 February to 18 March 1946.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-116657, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Trego 135k Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Trego (AKA-78) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 15 March 1946. Trego was in overhaul at Mare Island from 15 February to 18 March 1946.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 1091-46, 3/15/46
    Darryl Baker
    Trego 103k Fantail view of USS Trego (AKA-78) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 15 March 1946.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 1092-46, 3/15/46
    Darryl Baker
    Merchant Service Lykes Bros SS Corp. Stevenson Lines
    Trego 227k Ex-USS Trego (AKA-78) in merchant service for Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc. as SS Mason Lykes working cargo at Bremen, Germany, 1959 Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Trego 254k SS Mason Lykes pierside in a US Gulf port, circa 1950s. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Trego 231k Outbound SS Mason Lykes meeting the inbound Canadian Pacific freighter SS Beaverford on the Weser River while departing Bremen, Germany, late 1957. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Trego 173k SS Mason Lykes under way, circa 1950s, location unknown.
    Photo originally ©A. Duncan
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Trego 397k Ex-SS Mason Lykes, ex-Trego (AKA-78) in merchant service for T.J. Stevensons Steamship Co., as SS Flower Hill under way in the Malacca Strait, circa late-1960s. Photo originally ©Airfoto, Malacca. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Trego 137k SS Flower Hill heading through the Malacca Strait in the late Sixties. Photo originally ©Airfoto, Malacca. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Trego (AKA-78)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hunnewell, James F., USNR21 December 1944 - January 1946
    02CDR. Moureau, Reinhard Clarence, USN (USNA 1920)January 1946 - 21 May 1946

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Trego (AKA-78) War Diaries and Ship's History, December 1944 to September 1945
    Personnel log of Clifton (Rocky) Rockwell USS Trego 1944-46
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