USS Manderson Victory (AK-230)

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Name: Manderson Victory
Namesake: A former name retained. Manderson is a town in northern Wyoming near the Bighorn River
Ordered: as type (VC2-S-AP2) hull
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California
Yard number: Yard No.1
Laid down: 4 July 1944
Launched: 23 September 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Florence Robertson
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 3 November 1944
Commissioned: 3 November 1944 as USS Manderson Victory (AK-230)
Decommissioned: 10 May 1946
Struck: 10 May 1946
Honors and
one battle star for World War II service
Fate: sold, July 1966
General characteristics
Type: Boulder Victory-class cargo ship
Displacement: 15,589 tons
Length: 455'
Beam: 62'
Draft: 29' 2"
Propulsion: steam turbine, single propeller, 8,500shp
Speed: 15.5 knots
Complement: 99 officers and enlisted
Armament: one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount; one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount

USS Manderson Victory (AK-230) was a Boulder Victory-class cargo ship acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II. She served in the Pacific Ocean theatre of operations through the end of the war, earning one battle star, and then returned to the United States for disposal.

Victory built in California

Manderson Victory (AK 230) was laid down 4 July 1944 by Permanente Metals Corporation, Yard No. 1, Richmond, California, under a U.S. Maritime Commission contract; launched 23 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Florence Robertson; transferred to the Navy 3 November 1944; and commissioned the same day at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Lt. Comdr. John Larsen in command.

World War II operations

After shakedown off San Pedro, California, Manderson Victory loaded ammunition and planes on board and sailed for Hawaii 5 December to join Service Squadron 10, U.S. Pacific Fleet. She arrived Pearl Harbor 11 December.

Discharging her cargo of planes, Manderson Victory departed for the Caroline Islands, arriving Ulithi Atoll 26 December. She transported ammunition in the western Pacific Ocean into June 1945, with two voyages to the Ryukyu Islands from 28 March to 17 June 1945 during the assault and occupation of Okinawa. Departing Ulithi for the Philippine Islands 19 June 1945, the cargo ship arrived San Pedro Bay in the Philippine Islands 22 June and resumed her logistic support.

On 3 November Manderson Victory left for the United States, arriving Seattle, Washington, 23 November. She continued on to the U.S. East Coast 17 February 1946 via the Panama Canal and Puerto Rico, docking at New York City 24 April.

Post-war decommissioning

Manderson Victory decommissioned 10 May 1946 and was returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) the same day. She entered the Maritime Commission National Defense Reserve Fleet at James River, Virginia, 17 October 1953.

In July 1966 Manderson Victory was leased under General Agency Agreement to Farrell Lines, Inc., New York, New York, for service as a freighter.

Honors and awards

Manderson Victory received one battle star for World War II service.