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Richmond in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

SS Red Oak Victory

 
 
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By Frank Gunshow Sanchez, March 16, 2019
1. SS Red Oak Victory Marker
Inscription.  The SS Red Oak Victory is the last remaining ship of the 747 vessels built at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, Ca, during World War II. Commissioned by the U.S. Navy as the USS Red Oak Victory (AK-235), on December 5, 1944, she served as an ammunition ship in the South Pacific during the war.

Returned to the Maritime Commission after World War II, she intermittently served as a commercial cargo vessel with a Merchant Marine crew from 1947 to 1968. The SS Red Oak Victory provided supplies for United Nations forces during the Korean War and completed her career making thirteen voyages to Vietnam carrying supplies there for the U.S. military.

After 1968 she was retired to the "Mothball Fleet" in Suisun Bay, all but abandoned for almost thirty years. By an Act of Congress in 1966, the SS Red Oak Victory was saved from being scrapped and was turned over to the Richmond Museum Association. In 1998 she was moved to Point Richmond, Ca, and has been continuously maintained as a museum ship while the all-volunteer crew works on the goal of restoring the ship to an operational status once again.

E Clampus Vitus
Capitulus Redivivus

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Yerba Buena #1
Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13
March 16, 2019

 
Erected 2019 by E Clampus Vitus Capitulus Redivivus Yerba Buena #1 & Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 16, 2019.
 
Location. 37° 54.332′ N, 122° 21.938′ W. Marker is in Richmond, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from Canal Boulevard. This marker is located on board the SS Red Oak Victory Ship. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1337 Canal Blvd, Richmond California 94804, Richmond CA 94804, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "I was truly there and did my part to the end." -- Addie Mae Cance, former shipyard worker (within shouting distance of this marker); Dynamic Wartime Port (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Ford Assembly Building (approx. half a mile away); The Home Front Legacy (approx. 0.6 miles away); War Boomtown (approx. 0.6 miles away); Contra Costa College Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wartime Changes (approx. 0.6 miles away); Richmond Shipyards (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
SS Red Oak Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
By E Clampus Vitus, 2019
3. SS Red Oak Victory Marker
The marker is at lower right, in the shadow, next to the ladder.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 22, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California.   2. submitted on March 23, 2019, by kenn Amezcua of Shasta lake, California.   3. submitted on March 9, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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