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USS Trousdale (AKA-79)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Juliet - Charlie
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
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, 22 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1386), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 3 July 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 24 July 1944, and towed to her conversion yard at Hoboken, N.J.
  • Commissioned USS Trousdale (AKA-79), 21 December 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Corp. Hoboken, N.J., LCDR. William J. Lane, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Trousdale was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Nineteen, COMO C. D. Edgar USN (12);
    TransDiv Fifty-Five and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 11 to 22 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Trousdale was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 1 February 19462 September 1945 to 1 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 29 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 30 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • USS Trousdale earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission, 25 February 1947 Waterman Steamship Co., Mobile, AL., renamed SS Lafayette
    Sold to Ocean Transportation Co. Inc., January 1955, renamed SS Ocean Deborah
    Sold, 30 June 1961, to Central Gulf Steamship Corp., New Orleans, LA. SS Green Dale
  • In June 1968 SS Green Dale collided with another freighter at Bandar Shapur, Iran and was severely damaged. After having been flooded and beached the ship was regarded as a total loss
  • Final Disposition sold for scrapping, 25 November 1968, to Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corp., 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 Foster Wheeler 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 Trousdale (AKA-79)
    Trousdale 76k USS Trousdale (AKA-79) at anchor, date and location unknown. James Slotterback Merchant Service Waterman Steamship Co. Central Gulf Lines Inc.
    123k Ex-USS Trousdale (AKA-79) under way while in merchant service as the (Waterman-affiliate company vessel) SS Lafayette, date and location unknown.
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    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    107k Ex-USS Trousdale (AKA-79) under way while in merchant service as the Central Gulf Line freighter SS Green Dale, arriving at Catania, Italy, circa mid-1960s Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Trousdale (AKA-79)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Lane, William Joseph, USNR21 December 1944 - 29 April 1946

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Trousdale (AKA-79) War Diaries, Ship's History and Action Reports, January 1945 to November 1945

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