From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Bedford Victory

Bedford is the name of cities in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Virginia, and Vermont.

(AK-231: dp. 4,480; l. 455'; b. 62'; dr. 24'; s. 15.5 k.; cpl. 99; a. 1 5", 1 3"; cl. Boulder Victory)

Bedford Victory (AK-231) was launched 53 September 1944 by Permanente Metals Co., Yard No. 1, Richmond Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract sponsored by Mrs. R. A. Kremp; transferred to the Navy 11 November 1944; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander D. A. Durrant, USNR, in command.

Bedford Victory arrived at Pearl Harbor 21 December 1944. She operated out of Saipan and in the Philippines providing logistic support to the fleet until 7 November 1945, including one voyage to Okinawa where she unloaded supplies for the troops ashore (25 April-7 June 1945). She returned to Seattle, Wash., 19 November 1945; was decommissioned at San Francisco 26 March 1946; and returned to the Maritime Commission three days later.

Bedford Victory received one battle star for her service at Okinawa.