Private Joe E. Mann AK-253

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Private Joe E. Mann AK-253

Private Joe E. Mann

(AK-253: dp. 15,580 (f.); 1. 455'6"; b. 62', dr. 28'6" s. 17 k.
cpl. 49; cl. Boulder Victory; T. VC2-S AP2j

Private Joe E. Mann (AK-253) was laid down, under Maritime Commission contract, as Owenshoro Victory (MCV hull 719) by the Permanente Metals Corp., Yard #2, Richmond, Calif. 12 June 1945, Iaunched 21 July 1945, sponsored bv Mrs. Rotert A. Nieman, and delivered to the Maritime Commission, thence to Coastwise Lines for operation, 27 August 1945.

A month and a half after delivery, Owensboro Victory departed San Francisco carrying cargo and passengers to occupied Japan. In December, she sailed for the United States, via the Suez Canal, and arrived Boston 7 February 1946. Shifting to New York the following month, she made cargo runs to European ports until returned to the Maritime Commission in September for transfer to the Army Transportation Service. Renamed Private Joe E. Mann, 31 October 1947, she served the Army until she was again returned to the Maritime Commission and simultaneously transferred to the Navy, 7 August 1950.

Designated AK-253, the victory ship was manned by a c*il service crew and operated under MSTS as a cargo ship until October 1958. Then fitted out as a missile range instrumentation vessel, she was reassigned by MSTS to the Pacific Missile Range. Renamed and reclassified Richfield (AGM-4) on 27 November 1960, she operated off the California coast, in cooperation with the US Air Force, until transferred to the Maritime Administration, 21 November 1968. Sinee then, into 1970, she has been berthed with the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay.

An Army name retained.


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