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USS Mintaka (AK-94)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Golf - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 25 May 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS Mintaka (AK-94) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 9 February 1943, as SS Ansel Briggs, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 725), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 10 May 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 26 March 1943
Commissioned, USS Mintaka (AK-94), 10 May 1943, at San Diego, CA., LCDR. L. S. Burgess, USCGR, in command
During World War II USS Mintaka was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 to 31 May 1945
Following World War II USS Mintake (AK-94) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 27 November 1945
Decommissioned, 12 February 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 12 February 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA., name reverted to SS Ansel Briggs
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 March 1968, at Suisun Bay, to the Learner Corp, agentes for Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., removed 18 March 1968, scrapping completed, 20 November 1968
USS Mintaka earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.8 kts.
Cargo Capacity 4,470 DWT
non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu ft
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Western Pipe and Steel Co. header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Mintaka (AK-94 underway during World War II, with a tug alongside.
US Navy photo # NH 84613 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson.
|US Naval Historical Center
USS Mintaka (AK-94)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||CDR. Burgess, L. S. USCGR||10 May 1943 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Hart, Walter C. USCG||1944 - 1 December 1944 |
|03||LCDR. Johnson, Michael J. USNR||1 December 1944 - 12 January 1946|
|04||LT. Green, M. A. USCG||12 January 1946 - 12 February 1946|
|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
MARAD Vessel History Database
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Mintaka AK-94
Last Updated 13 June 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|