USS Medea, a 4087-ton Artemis class attack cargo ship, was built at Providence, Rhode Island, as a Maritime Commission S4-SE2-BE1 ship. She was delivered to the Navy and placed in commission in January 1945 and subsequently shook down in Chesapeake Bay before steaming to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where she arrived early in March. A month later Medea went to the Marianas, and in June 1945, delivered troops and cargo to Okinawa. Following the end of the Pacific War fighting, she was employed transporting occupation forces from the Philippines to Japan. From November 1945 into 1946, she brought service personnel home from the former war zone as part of Operation "Magic Carpet". USS Medea was decommissioned in April 1945, turned over to the War Shipping Administration in October 1946 and laid up at Beaumont, Texas. She remained there as part of the Maritime Administration's reserve fleet until sold for scrapping in November 1964.
This page features the only view we have concerning USS Medea (AKA-31).
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Photo #: NH 78150
USS Medea (AKA-31)
With her decks crowded with troops, probably upon arrival in San Francisco Bay, California, circa late 1945 or early 1946.
Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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USS Medea (AKA-31) underway off the Atlantic Coast (position 43 13'N, 73 49'W), 12 January 1945. Photographed from a Blimp of squadron ZP-12.
Port broadside (rather toward the bow) aerial view. The ship is painted in an unidentified camouflage, probably of the Measure 31-32-33 series.
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Page made 10 December 2004