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Lost to undermined explosion, 10 November 1944


Contributed by Don McGrogan
BMCS, USN (Ret.)

USS Mount Hood (AE-11)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Victor - Mike
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Mount Hood Class Ammunition Ship
  • Laid down, as SS Marco Polo a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1356) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 28 November1943
  • Commission, USS Mount Hood (AE-11), 1 July 1944, CDR. Harold A. Turner in command
  • During World War II USS Mount Hood was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Final Disposition, exploded, 10 November 1944 at Seeadler Harbor, Manus, Admiralty Islands
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 December 1944
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,296 t.(lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28' 3"
    Speed 16.4 kts.
    Complement
    officers 23
    enlisted 244
    Largest boom capacity 36 tons
    Cargo Capacity 7,700 DWT
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four 3"/50 gun dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 400,000 Non refrigerated
    Fuel Oil Capacity 10,935 Bbls, NFSO
    Ship's Service Generators three turbo 360Kw 120/240V D.C.
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    three Combustion Engineering header type boilers 450psi 750°
    double General Electorial Main reduction gear
    single propeller, 6,000shp
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    Mount Hood 89k USS Mount Hood (AE-11) off Norfolk, VA., 16 July 1944. She is painted in measure 32 design 13F camouflage.
    US National Archives photo 19-N-70330 a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
    US Navy Historical Center
    Mount Hood 128k USS Mount Hood (AE-11) underway in Hampton Roads, VA., 6 August 1944. She is painted in measure 32 design 13F camouflage.
    US Navy photo NH 45735 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Mount Hood 67k USS Mount Hood (AE-11), smoke cloud expanding, just after she exploded in Seeadler Harbor, Manus, Admiralty Islands, 10 November 1944. Photographed by a photographer of the 57th Construction Battalion, who had set up his camera to take pictures of the Battalion's camp.
    US Navy photo # NH 65604 from the collection of CDR. Lester B. Marx, now in the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Mount Hood 46k USS Mount Hood (AE-11) crew photos Hyperwar US Navy in WWII

    USS Mount Hood (AE-11)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Turner, Harold Agnew1 July 1944 - 10 November 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Naval Historical Center, Mount Hood explosion presentation
    The Mount Hood Explosion: The Official Investigation and Eyewitness Accounts by Survivors
    AE/AOE Sailors Association

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