- USS Deimos (AK-78)
USS "Deimos" (AK-78) was a sclass|Crater|cargo ship in the service of
United States Navyin World War II. It was the first ship of the Navy to have borne the name Deimos, after one of the moons of Mars.
"Deimos" was laid down
27 November 1942as liberty shipSS "Chief Ouray" (MCE hull 513) by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commissioncontract. "Deimos" was launched on 28 December1942 and sponsored by Mrs. M. Moyer. "Deimos" was transferred to the Navy on 7 January 1943and commissioned 23 January1943, with Lieutenant CommanderW. L. Sorenson, USNR, in command.
"Deimos" sailed from San Francisco
27 January1943 with cargo for Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, and Cleveland Bay, Australia. She arrived at Nouméa, New Caledonia, 23 Mayto load cargo which she delivered to Guadalcanalin June. Returning to her base, she was torpedoed on 23 Juneon the port side, aft. Efforts to save her failed. She was finally abandoned and sunk by gunfire from "O’Bannon" (DD-450) at coord|11|26|S|162|01|E.
"Deimos" received one
battle starfor World War II service.
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