- USS Sculptor (AK-103)
USS Sculptor (AK-103) was an sclass|Crater|cargo ship commissioned by the
U.S. Navyfor service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering troops, goods and equipment to locations in the war zone.
"Sculptor" was laid down as "SS D. W. Harrington" under
Maritime Commissioncontract (MCE Hull 1671) on 18 May 1943by California ShipbuildingCo., Wilmington, California; launched on 10 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs. S. E. Joseph; acquired by the Navy on 22 June 1943; and commissioned on 10 August 1943, Lt. Comdr. George C. Bosson in command.
World War II Pacific Theatre operations
"Sculptor" served in the
Naval Transportation Service, making six voyages from San Francisco, California, supplying advanced bases in the western Pacific. She sailed on her first voyage on 28 August 1943towing a section of the floating dock, "ABSD-1", and delivered it and other cargo at Espiritu Santoon 2 October. After carrying Lend-Leasematerial to New Zealand, she returned to San Francisco on 23 November.
Towing a barge to the South Pacific
On her second voyage, beginning on
27 December, she towed a repair barge, "YRDH-1", and carried a deck cargo of an LCT in sections to Espiritu Santo. After arriving there on 1 February 1944, she made voyages between advanced bases until departing from Espiritu Santo on 20 Aprilfor San Francisco, where she arrived on 12 May. "Sculptor's" remaining voyages followed the pattern of the first two. She sailed from San Francisco on 3 Junewith a section of "ABSD-2" in tow, and made local cargo voyages in the Southwest Pacific between 15 Julyand 29 Septemberbefore returning to San Francisco on 24 October.
Towing more barges
After overhaul, she sailed again on
16 Decemberwith two YF barges in tow which she exchanged at Pearl Harborfor "YFD-64". This large drydockwas delivered by the combined efforts of "Sculptor", and a sister ship, at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 13 February 1945. "Sculptor" then carried cargo between advanced bases until 28 Apriland returned to San Francisco on 21 May.
Carrying Coast Guard cutters to Saipan
15 June 1945, the freighterleft San Diego with two 83' U.S. Coast Guardcutters on deck and a bargein tow. The tow was dropped at Pearl Harbor, and the remainder of the cargo was offloaded at Saipanafter arrival on 13 July.
The ship returned to San Francisco on
1 Septemberand began her sixth and last Navy voyage on the 29th. She delivered cargo to Saipan and Guam, and sailed from Guam on 23 Decemberfor the East Coast of the United States.
"Sculptor" arrived at
Baltimore, Maryland, on 21 February 1946and was decommissioned there on 26 February. The ship was redelivered to the Maritime Commission on 8 Marchand struck from the Navy List on 12 March 1946. In 1947, she was sold to a Greek shipping firm as "SS Dimosthenis Pantaleon", under which name she remained in service until she was scrapped at Trieste, Italy, in 1969.
Military awards and honors
Sculptor's crew members were eligible for the following medals:
* American Campaign Medal
* Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
* World War II Victory Medal
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