SS Red Oak Victory

SS Red Oak Victory The SS Red Oak Victory; built by men and women of diverse backgrounds in the Kaiser Shipyards, Richmond, California. She is the only surviving ship built in these yards. Red Oak Victory served in WWII with and is now an active museum in Richmond, CA.
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The SS Red Oak Victory; built by men and women of diverse backgrounds for WWII is an active museum in the Richmond CA shipyard and is run by volunteers.

We recently learned that the Red Oak Victory family has lost another member of the Greatest Generation.  Russell C. MacA...
01/25/2020

We recently learned that the Red Oak Victory family has lost another member of the Greatest Generation. Russell C. MacArthur, Fireman 1st Class, served on the USS Red Oak Victory/AK-235 in the Pacific Theater, 1945-46. His son, Paul MacArthur, shared these photos of his father who passed away on January 12. He said that his Dad had memory problems the last few years but still clearly remembered his time on the Red Oak Victory.

The Kaiser Shipyards began hiring large numbers of African Americans in 1942. The majority of Kaiser's African American ...
01/21/2020

The Kaiser Shipyards began hiring large numbers of African Americans in 1942. The majority of Kaiser's African American workers came from the South in pursuit of economic, social, and political opportunities not otherwise afforded to them in their former hometowns. About a quarter of the workers were women, and about ten percent were African American. They were able to find wartime jobs in the area, they still faced racial discrimination in unions and from co-workers.

In response, African Americans organized their own organizations that sought social change both within their workplace as well as their communities. Organizations such as the Shipyard Workers Committee against Discrimination, worked on such local issues as ending segregation within labor unions in addition to improving housing for local African American families. Other organizations like the United Negro Labor Council, moved the demands to the regional and national levels.

The experience of African American shipyard workers during the 1940s and their involvement in the larger challenge of unjust labor rights and civil rights helped pave the way for future movements.

https://www.nps.gov/hdp/exhibits/african/kaiser.htm
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Doris Miller, a Messman Third Class, was honored on Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony at Pearl Harbor, by naming a fut...
01/20/2020

Doris Miller, a Messman Third Class, was honored on Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony at Pearl Harbor, by naming a future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier after Miller. This will be the second ship named in honor of Miller, and the first aircraft carrier ever named for an African American. It is also the first aircraft carrier to be named in honor of a Sailor for actions while serving in the enlisted ranks.

160,000 African Americans served in the Navy during WWII. On Dec. 7, 1941, Miller was collecting laundry on the battleship West Virginia (BB-48), when the attack from Japanese forces commenced. When the alarm for general quarters sounded he headed for his battle station, an anti-aircraft battery magazine, only to discover that torpedo damage had wrecked it. Miller was ordered to the ship’s bridge to aid the mortally wounded commanding officer, and subsequently manned a .50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until he ran out of ammunition. Miller then helped move many other injured Sailors as the ship was ordered abandoned due to her own fires and flaming oil floating down from the destroyed Arizona (BB-33). West Virginia lost 150 of its 1,500 person crew.

Miller was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on Dec. 7th, which was presented to him personally by Adm. Chester Nimitz, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time.

Photo from Getty Images
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Angel Island from the boat deck this morning.  It will be a beautiful day by the Bay so come on out and visit us!
01/11/2020

Angel Island from the boat deck this morning. It will be a beautiful day by the Bay so come on out and visit us!

Thank you to everyone that has supported and joined us aboard the Red Oak Victory! We look forward to what the coming ye...
01/01/2020

Thank you to everyone that has supported and joined us aboard the Red Oak Victory! We look forward to what the coming year holds!
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Sailors gathered around the Christmas tree aboard the USS Takanis Bay. December 25th, 1944 - National Archives
12/25/2019

Sailors gathered around the Christmas tree aboard the USS Takanis Bay. December 25th, 1944 - National Archives

Merry Christmas to all our friends and followers!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas to all our friends and followers!

Guadalcanal, December 24th, 1944. A Christmas tree, wreaths, and tent decoration laboriously constructed from palm frond...
12/24/2019

Guadalcanal, December 24th, 1944. A Christmas tree, wreaths, and tent decoration laboriously constructed from palm fronds, Christmas cards and package wrappings, these Marines brought the Christmas atmosphere into their tent at this Pacific base. Front seated: Private First Class Leonard J. Virgili. Second row kneeling: Private First Class William R. Barkley; Corporal Robert L. Hill; Corporal Lonnie O. Counts Jr. Rear standing: Private First Class Clarence Janicki. Photographer: Sgt. Hewitt. - National Archives

"There wasn’t any fragrant pine or mistletoe or drifting snow, but the two blue-jackets pictured here were able to captu...
12/21/2019

"There wasn’t any fragrant pine or mistletoe or drifting snow, but the two blue-jackets pictured here were able to capture the Christmas spirit under the towering palms of this advanced Naval base at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. Standing behind the illuminated Christmas tree is EM3/c Werner Braun (USNR), while kneeling is Rdm2/c Robert Farrell (USNR).” Date: December 25th, 1944 - National Archives
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12/16/2019

Thank you to our friends at Wreaths Across America, San Francisco Presidio for yesterdays memorable ceremony at the San Francisco National Cemetery. https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

Join Wreaths Across America this holiday season at the San Francisco National Cemetery, Saturday December 14 (1 Lincoln ...
12/13/2019

Join Wreaths Across America this holiday season at the San Francisco National Cemetery, Saturday December 14 (1 Lincoln Blvd., San Francisco). Sponsor a wreath for an American Hero and pay tribute to their sacrifices visit: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/
@wreathsacross .

December 8, 1941 - President Roosevelt signs the declaration of war following the attack on Pearl Harbor. (http://ow.ly/...
12/08/2019

December 8, 1941 - President Roosevelt signs the declaration of war following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

(http://ow.ly/9cAr50xq8Jf)
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78 years ago today, we remember those men and women who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor - December 7, 194...
12/07/2019

78 years ago today, we remember those men and women who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941.

"Following Hawaiian tradition, sailors honor men killed Japanese attack on Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Oahu." (https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/attack-on-pearl-harbor-in-pictures-1941/)
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75 years ago today, the Red Oak was commissioned to the US Navy as USS Red Oak Victory (AK-235) and assigned as a fleet ...
12/06/2019

75 years ago today, the Red Oak was commissioned to the US Navy as USS Red Oak Victory (AK-235) and assigned as a fleet ammunition carrier. She's the last surviving ship built in Kaiser Richmond Shipyards and one of three remaining Victory Ships in the world.

#wwii #victoryship #kaisershipyards #richmondca #usnavy

Please consider helping out our friends at Wreaths Across America this holiday season.  And, if you can, please attend t...
12/04/2019

Please consider helping out our friends at Wreaths Across America this holiday season. And, if you can, please attend their very moving ceremony at the San Francisco Presidio National Cemetery, Saturday December 14 (1 Lincoln Blvd., San Francisco). For wreath sponsorships visit: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

Our hard-working volunteers in the Deck Department took advantage of the brief break in the rain today to perform  ongoi...
12/04/2019

Our hard-working volunteers in the Deck Department took advantage of the brief break in the rain today to perform ongoing, much needed maintenance on the ship. It's a never-ending task!

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The Red Oak Victory wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving! Photo by Joey Lopez Photography.
11/28/2019

The Red Oak Victory wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Photo by Joey Lopez Photography.

11/23/2019

The Red Oak Victory will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. We'll resume normal hours on Saturday, November 30 at 10 am.

Happy Friday!
11/22/2019

Happy Friday!

11/19/2019

Great shot of loading in from the Anniversary party! Thank you Liam!

On November 9, we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the launch of the SS Red Oak Victory from Kaiser Richmond Shipyard ...
11/16/2019

On November 9, we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the launch of the SS Red Oak Victory from Kaiser Richmond Shipyard #1. Great music provided by The George Cole Orchestra, delicious dinner by Chef Halihl Guy and wines from Petersen Vineyards. A great time was had by all! Photos courtesy of Dori Luzbetak.

On November 9, we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the launch of the SS Red Oak Victory from Kaiser Richmond Shipyard #1. Great music provided by The George Cole Orchestra, delicious dinner by Chef Halihl Guy and wines from Petersen Vineyards. A great time was had by all! Photos courtesy of Dori Luzbetak.

Just received this email this morning from the US Naval Institute.  It says in a few words why we work so hard to preser...
11/11/2019

Just received this email this morning from the US Naval Institute. It says in a few words why we work so hard to preserve relics of past wars:

“War is probably mankind’s greatest folly,” Thomas J. Cutler writes in the “Epitaph” of The Battle of Leyte Gulf at 75: A Retrospective. “It is wasteful, tragic, and frequently unnecessary. But when it does occur, in an ironic twist, it brings out what is in some ways best about mankind. Many brave men, American and Japanese, fought at Leyte Gulf. Too many died there, while others live even today as flesh-and-blood monuments to those virtues that shine forth from the wreckage and tragedy of war.

“The causes for which these men fought and sacrificed have faded with time; the machines they used to carry out their deadly business are now rusted relics of another era; the sands have swallowed their footprints; and the waters show no traces of their wakes. But the glory of their deeds will never be tarnished by time.”

On this Veterans Day, we pause in honor of those who have fought and sacrificed. We give thanks and pray for the wellbeing of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces serving around the globe today.

To those who have served, we will welcome considering your veteran’s reminiscence for inclusion in our heritage collection.

Peter H. Daly VADM, USN (Ret.),
Life Member and member since 1978

Watercolor by Cdr. Dwight C. Shepler, USNR, depicting the counterattack by the escort carrier group’s screen. Ships present are (L-R): Japanese battleships Nagato, Haruna, and Yamato, with salvo from Yamato landing in left center; USS Heerman (DD 532), USS Hoel (DD 533) sinking; and Japanese cruisers Tone and Chikuma. The original watercolor was commissioned specifically for the dustjacket of Samuel Eliot Morison’s History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II, vol. XII, and reprinted in vol. XV of the same work. (Naval History and Heritage Command)

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day.  Historically in the U.S. November 11 was known as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of Wo...
11/11/2019

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day. Historically in the U.S. November 11 was known as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I in 1918. In 1954 the name was changed to Veteran's Day and the purpose became to honor all armed forces veterans. In the rest of the English-speaking world this day is known as Remembrance Day and the purpose is to remember those who lost their lives in service to their country. Which ever way you observe the day, please say thank you to all the veterans you know. Try to find the time to attend a parade or other commemoration also.

Thank you to everyone that joined us in the celebrations last night! Your continued support fills our hearts with joy......
11/10/2019

Thank you to everyone that joined us in the celebrations last night! Your continued support fills our hearts with joy.
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Happy 244th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. .......#usmarinecorps #usa #wwii #1940s #ushistory #marines
11/10/2019

Happy 244th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps.
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Getting ready! Dinners are sold out but you can still come and enjoy the event, $25 at the door. ......#wwiinavy #wwii #...
11/10/2019

Getting ready! Dinners are sold out but you can still come and enjoy the event, $25 at the door.
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The George Cole Orchestra swing big band is setting up now in Hold No. 4 for tonight's big birthday bash for the 75-year...
11/09/2019

The George Cole Orchestra swing big band is setting up now in Hold No. 4 for tonight's big birthday bash for the 75-year-old Red Oak Victory! General admission tix still available! www.bit.ly/ROV75th

Our dinner is almost sold out! Get your ticket! www.bit.ly/ROV75th.....#wwiinavy #wwii #wwiievent #ww2 #ww2history #rich...
11/08/2019

Our dinner is almost sold out! Get your ticket! www.bit.ly/ROV75th
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11/08/2019

There is only ONE dinner ticket left for tomorrow night's Launch Party! (But if you need two, you can buy them. At least until someone else does.) www.bit,ly/ROV75th

We're excited to announce a partnership with Petersen Vineyards as our exclusive wine supplier for the Launch Party on S...
11/07/2019

We're excited to announce a partnership with Petersen Vineyards as our exclusive wine supplier for the Launch Party on Saturday night, November 9. Get you tix now and enjoy some wonderful Petersen wines. www.bit.ly/ROV75th

The George Cole Orchestra has a special addition to the Birthday celebrations this Saturday! See you there! .......#wwii...
11/06/2019

The George Cole Orchestra has a special addition to the Birthday celebrations this Saturday! See you there!
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11/06/2019

NOTICE: The Red Oak Victory will be CLOSED to visitors, Sunday November 10.

There are only 18 dinner tickets left for Saturday Night!  Get your's now!  www.bit.ly/ROV75th
11/06/2019

There are only 18 dinner tickets left for Saturday Night! Get your's now! www.bit.ly/ROV75th

That is Edna Reiley christening the SS Red Oak Victory in November of 1944! I wonder what champagne they used? Come step...
11/05/2019

That is Edna Reiley christening the SS Red Oak Victory in November of 1944! I wonder what champagne they used? Come step back in time this Saturday to celebrate 75 years!
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George Cole, the bandleader for Saturday night's swing band, has announced a special addition to the show.  No, not thes...
11/04/2019

George Cole, the bandleader for Saturday night's swing band, has announced a special addition to the show. No, not these two legendary dancers, but a floor show that will swing you right back to the 40s! We're not going to tell you anymore right now. You'll just have to buy a ticket and come see for yourself! The Launch Party, November 9, 6pm on the Red Oak Victory. For tickets: www.bit.ly/ROV75th

Our crew is busy getting the ship ready for Saturday! Get your tickets! www.bit.ly/ROV75th.......#wwiinavy #wwii #wwiiev...
11/04/2019

Our crew is busy getting the ship ready for Saturday! Get your tickets! www.bit.ly/ROV75th
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Ticket sales for the November 9 Launch Party are running well ahead of any previous event at the Red Oak Victory this ye...
11/02/2019

Ticket sales for the November 9 Launch Party are running well ahead of any previous event at the Red Oak Victory this year. Thank you to all of the wonderful supporters who have purchased tickets already!

And for the rest of you, act now before they're all gone! www.bit.ly.ROV75th

Time to pull the trigger on that ticket purchase while they're still available!  The Launch Party, November 9.  For tick...
11/02/2019

Time to pull the trigger on that ticket purchase while they're still available! The Launch Party, November 9. For tickets: www.bit.ly/ROV75th

Halloween during the 1940s was different then we know it to be today, partly due to sugar rationing. The U.S. Navy had t...
10/31/2019

Halloween during the 1940s was different then we know it to be today, partly due to sugar rationing. The U.S. Navy had their own costume party in a way. When servicemen “crossed the line“, meaning it was their first time sailing over the equator. There was a ceremony reigned over by King Neptune and his Queen Amphitrite, and aided by the famous Davey Jones and fellow pirates. All in fun and jest, the men went one by one to meet the court, dressed up in makeshift costumes of mops (for hair) and bedsheets.

Photo: The USS enterprise, 1943. National Archives.
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A couple people have asked me if we are going to "launch" the Red Oak Victory at The Launch Party on November 9.  Well, ...
10/29/2019

A couple people have asked me if we are going to "launch" the Red Oak Victory at The Launch Party on November 9. Well, if you have visited the ship you'll notice that she is floating in the water and that means she has already been launched. (Kind of like being born, it only happens once!) The Red Oak Victory was given her ceremonial launch 75 years ago as she slid into the water for the first time. In the same ceremony she was also christened with a bottle of champagne broken across her bow and her name spoken aloud. On November 9 we are celebrating the anniversary of the launch ceremony (www.bit.ly/ROV75th), and we hope you can all join us! (For more about launching of ships see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceremonial_ship_launching)

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1337 Canal Blvd, Berth 5
Richmond, CA
94804

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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(510) 237-2933

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The SS Red Oak Victory; built by men and women of diverse backgrounds in the Kaiser Shipyards, Richmond, California. She is the only surviving ship built in these yards. Red Oak Victory served in the Pacific Theater in WWII with the US Navy and for twenty plus years thereafter as a merchant vessel including 19 trips carrying supplies to Vietnam. She is now an active museum in the Richmond shipyard and is run entirely by volunteers. We will be lighting off her engines for the first time in 50 years in the Summer of 2018 and then cruising the San Francisco Bay approximately a year after that.

We also run a very active social program including Pancake Breakfasts, Swing Dances, an Independence Day Celebration, and a Fleet Week event. See our website at www.redoakvictory.us for details.

Donations for this worthy cause are needed and welcome. PayPal to [email protected] or e-mail us at the same address for more information.

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amazing work!
Coming a long way!
Red Oak is where it started for me:
From a few years back.
The USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club NB6GC is currently trying to restore/repair several of our antennas as well as get some new ones up on the air. We have started a go fund me account in order to help cover some of the costs involved in this project. Most of the cost is the need to rent a articulating boom for several days as some of the antennas are as much as 150 feet above sea level. Donations are tax deductible and your help will be greatly appreciated. 73's From USS Hornet CVS-12 NB6GC.
Thank you to the crew and volunteers of the Red Oak Victory for going the extra mile allowing a broken old Snipe come aboard for a quick trip down memory lane when clearly we could not tell time. Will definately come back next time I am in town for a proper tour.
We visited Red Oak Victory today for the first time. Thank you so much, Mike and fellows, for the great tour, all of your knowledge, and for putting up with a wuss like me who wouldn't climb backwards down that awful ladder into the engine below decks area! John and I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed listening to you. Thanks again, keep up the great work! I expect we'll be back when Richmond and Rosie return to the whirley crane, I'd love to see them coming and going from the deck of the ship. It is a fascinating monument to the men and women who helped win WW II. Thank you.
I started on the Red Oak Victory 5 years ago, and now I'm on the USNS Red Cloud in South Korea Sailing as AB. Busan to Jinhae and back to Busan in a few weeks. Thanks to all on the Red Oak Victory.. word's can express how grateful I am
Here is a very nice write up that a friend of mine did, I think that you will also like it.
Steaming
See you soon!