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(AKA-27: dp. 4,087; l. 426'; b. 58'; dr. 16'6"; s. 17 k.; cpl. 303; a. 1 5"; cl. Artemis)


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Devosa (AKA-27) was launched 12 October 1944 by Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, R.I., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. A. W. Radford, wife of Read Admiral Radford; transferred to the Navy 30 November 1944; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander R. C. Wilkinson, USNR, in command.

Devosa sailed from Norfolk 1 January 1945 carrying a cargo of oil drums to Pearl Harbor, arriving 21 January. On 3 February she got underway for Tulagi, Florida Island, where she discharged 36 landing craft for the boat pool and took part in amphibious training, preparing for Okinawa.

Carrying Marines, the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 11, a U.S. Military Government unit, and part of a Mobile Naval Hospital unit, Devosa sailed to Ulithi, staging point for the invasion of Okinawa, for which she sailed 27 March. Devosa landed troops and cargo in the initial assault on 1 April and remained off Okinawa until 10 April when she returned to the west coast, arriving San Francisco 18 May.

Returning to the Pacific area Devosa carried naval construction batallion men and equipment from Pearl Harbor to Samar, then sailed to Manus to load antisubmarine net gear for transfer to Iwo Jima. Arriving at Saipan 13 August she carried recovered battle casualties who were returning to their units at Okinawa, arriving 3 September. A week later she got underway for Jinsen, landing troops for the occupation of Korea from 13 to 15 September. Devosa carried occupation troops from Okinawa to Tientsin, China between 30 September and 9 October, then sailed by way of Manila, Philippine Islands, for Seattle, Wash., arriving 16 November. She carried cargo to Pearl Harbor, returning to San Pedro 25 December. On 21 January 1946 Devosa put out for Norfolk where she arrived 6 February. She was decommissioned at New York 2 April 1946, and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal the same day.

Devosa received one battle star for World War II service.

Published: Mon Jul 06 14:58:23 EDT 2015