USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256)
|Namesake:||Dalton, Georgia - Dalton, Ohio|
|Owner:||War Shipping Administration (1944-1950)|
|Operator:||Sudden & Christenson inc. (1944-1946), Moore McCormack Lines, Inc. (1946-1947)|
|Ordered:||as type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, MCV hull 21|
|Builder:||California Shipbuilding Corporation, Los Angeles, California|
|Laid down:||8 April 1944, as SS Dalton Victory|
|Launched:||6 June 1944|
|Completed:||19 July 1944|
|Acquired:||2 April 1948, by the US Army Transportation Service|
|Renamed:||USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256)|
|Identification:||Hull symbolVC2- S- AP3, hull number 21|
|Fate:||Transferred to US Navy 8 August 1950|
|Name:||USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5) 27 October 1960|
|Owner:||U.S. Navy (1950-1960)|
|Operator:||U.S. Navy (1950-1960)|
|Acquired:||US Navy 8 August 1950|
|Reclassified:||27 October 1960 as USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5)|
|Struck:||15 December 1974|
|Fate:||sold for scrapping, 17 July 1975, to National Metal & Steel Corp.|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:|
|Length:||455 ft (139 m)|
|Beam:||62 ft (19 m)|
|Draft:||29 ft 2 in (8.89 m)|
|Installed power:||8,500 shp (6,300 kW)|
|Speed:||15.5 knots (28.7 km/h; 17.8 mph)|
SS Dalton Victory was built as Victory ship used as a cargo ship for World War II under the Emergency Shipbuilding program. She was launched by the California Shipbuilding Company on June 6, 1944 and completed on July 19, 1944 as a Greenville Victory-class cargo ship. The ship’s United States Maritime Commission designation was VC2- S- AP3, hull number 21. She was acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1950 and renamed the USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256).
In 1960 she was renamed USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5) and rebuilt and placed in service as a missile range instrumentation ship, and assigned to the Pacific Missile Range, where she performed missile tracking duties.
Constructed in Los Angeles, California
Dalton Victory (T-AK-256) was built by California Shipbuilding Corporation, Los Angeles, California, and was completed in 1944.
World War II
The SS Dalton Victory served in the Pacific War in World War II. She was a United States Merchant Marine ship. She was operated by Sudden & Christenson inc. from 19 July 1944 to 27 May 1946. On 27 May 1946 her operations was transferred to the Moore McCormack Lines, Inc till 3 October 1947. As a Merchant Marine ship she had a Merchant Marine crew and a United States Navy Armed Guard to man the deck guns. Dalton Victory had enemy attacks from the air, subs and ships. She was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in the James River on 3 October 1947. One 2 April 1948 she was removed from the Reserve Fleet and put under the US Army Transportation Service. During the War the SS Dalton Victory too supplies to Pacific War. She was at the Battle of Leyte, Battle of Okinawa and Battle of Iwo Jima. During and after the war she had the difficult task of returning the bodies of fallen troops back to the USA.
Acquired by MSTS as a cargo ship
Dalton Victory was acquired by the Navy and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) in a noncommissioned status on 9 August 1950. SS Dalton Victory served as cargo ship supplying goods for the Korean War. SS Dalton Victory transported goods, mail, food and other supplies. SS Dalton Victory made trips between the US and Korea helping American forces engaged against Communist aggression in South Korea.
Assigned as a missile tracking ship
On 27 October 1960 Dalton Victory was reconfigured as a missile range instrumentation ship and renamed USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5).
- Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
- List of Victory ships
- Liberty ship
- Type C1 ship
- Type C2 ship
- Type C3 ship
- USNS Haiti Victory (T-AK-238)
- genealogy.com, KIA Iwo Jima - PFC Blach USC - Michigan
- The Morning News from Wilmington, Delaware · Page 20, August 29, 1945
- vetaffairs.sd.gov, In Memory of U.S. Army Private, William Hamilton Wilcox, Jr.
- newbuffalogenes.com, World War II 1943 Memorial Page
- PFC Erwin G. Hudson
- Root.com, The Western Star, December 17, 1948, Body of Sailor Home for Burial
- The Post-Register from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Page 8<, December 1, 1948
- Korean War Educator, Merchant Marine, Accounts of the Korean War
- Small United States and United Nations Warships in the Korean War, By Paul M. Edwards
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entries can be found here and here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive – T-AK-256 Dalton Victory – T-AGM-5 Sunnyvale