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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS USN Ret.

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Mount Baker (AE-4)
ex
USS Kilauea (AE-4) (1941 - 1943)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Echo - Juliet
NCEJ
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Debark (I)ndia - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal (with Fleet clasp) - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korea Service Medal (4) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Taiwan Straits, 6 to 12 September 1958, 5-Vietnam, 13 to 19 January 1965, 24 January to 14 February 1965, 3 May to 21 May 1965, 27 May to 5 June 1965, 8 to 18 June 1965) - Vietnam Service Medal (7)
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Lassen Class Ammunition Ship
  • Laid down, date unknown, as MV Surprise a Maritime Commission type (C2-T Cargo) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 24) at Tampa Shipbuilding Corp., Tampa, FL.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 14 November 1940
  • Converted to an Ammunition Ship at Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, AL.
  • Commissioned USS Kilauea (AE-4), 16 May 1941, Capt. W. I. Causey in command
  • Renamed USS Mount Baker (AE-4), 17 March 1943
  • During World War II USS Kilauea / Mount Baker was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Decommissioned in January 1947 at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 5 December 1951, Capt. Richard Mueller Nixon in command
  • During the Korean War USS Mount Baker participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    23 March to 3 April 1952
    21 to 30 April 1952
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    3 to 8 May 1953
    23 May to 5 June 1953
    14 to 24 June 1953
    30 June to 10 July 1953
    25 to 27 July 1953
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 to 5 May 1952
    18 to 29 May 1952
    20 June to 1 July 1952
    26 July to 2 August 1952
    10 to 23 August 1952
    16 to 30 September 1952
    16 to 27 October 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    4 March 1953
    14 to 17 March 1953
    1 to 6 April 19 53
    17 to 22 April 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Mount Baker participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    13 to 28 February 1966
    16 to 25 March 1966
    16 to 26 April 1966
    22 May to 3 June 1966
    14 to 19 June 1966
    23 to 30 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    27 November to 3 December 1968
    10 to 19 December 1968
    19 to 31 January 1969
    12 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 to 10 July 1966
    1 to 12 August 1966
    20 September to 11 October 1966
    25 October to 10 November 1966
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 February 1969
    12 to 22 March 1969
    31 March to 16 April 1969
    25 April to 6 May 1969
    14 to 23 May 1969
    5 to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    30 October to 27 November 1967
    17 December 1967 to 5 January 1968
    12 to 14 January 1968
    22 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 to 12 June 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 2 February 1968
    24 February to 10 March 1968
    18 to 29 March 1968
     

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 2 December 1969
  • Title transferred, 15 March 1974, to the Maritime Administration, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 March 1974, to Seangyong Trading Co., Ltd, Seoul, South Korea, delivered 23 April 1974
  • USS Mount Baker earned four battle stars for Korean War service and seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,350 t.(lt) 14,225t.(fl)
    Length 459'
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 11"
    Speed 15.3 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 260
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 5,000 DWT
    non-refrigerated 387,000 Cu ft.
    Fuel Capacity 10,925 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Nordberg Diesel, TSM219 Diesel engine
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 150Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Mount Baker 153k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) alongside USS Chara (AKA-58) while conducting a transfer between ships during the Korea War, circa 1951-52. David Kusel courtesy Wilbur Karsten USS Chara
    Mount Baker 135k
    Mount Baker 94k
    Mount Baker 129k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) moored pierside, probably at her homeport of NAD Port Chicago, CA., circa 1950s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Baker 102k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) arriving at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., for overhaul, 9 November 1953. USS Mount Baker was underwent repairs at Mare Island from 9 November 1953 to 20 January 1954.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 19287-11-53, 11/9/53
    Darryl Baker
    Mount Baker 93k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) departing Naval Shipyard Mare Island on trails, 3 September 1957. Mount Baker was undergoing repairs at Mare Island from 21 June to 10 September 1957.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 36384-9-57, 9/3/57
    Darryl Baker
    Mount Baker 46k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) overhead view, at anchor, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Mount Baker 46k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) underway, date and location unknown "AE" Sailors Association
    Mount Baker 608k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, date unknown. Phil Bird LTjg MPA USS Mount Baker
    Mount Baker 327k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) moored to a buoy, location unknown, circa 1960.
    US Navy Photo courtesy Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Mount Baker 484k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) and USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) during an underway replenishment off the coast of California, 2 September 1965. Carrier Air Wing (CAW-5) deployed with USS Ticonderoga from 1960 to 1966. The A4 Skyhawk aircraft visible on the flight deck belong to VA-56 "Champions" and VA-144 "Roadrunners."
    .US Navy photo CVA-14-2854-9-65 9/2/65.
    Phil Bird LTjg MPA USS Mount Baker
    Mt. Baker 100k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with USS Paul Revere (APA-248) and USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) during a WestPac deployment, circa 1960-1962.
    US Navy photo.
    Charles Schiele, Radioman, Comservron Three


    For more photos and information about USS Mount Baker, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • AE/AOE Sailors Association
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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