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USS Alkes (AK-110)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Tango - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 10 June 1943, as SS Increase A. Lapham, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1584), at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 29 June 1943
Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 16 July 1943, operated under a GAA agreement by Alaska Packers Association
Acquired by the US Navy, 5 October 1943
Converted for Naval service at Huley Marine Works, Oakland, CA.
Commissioned, USS Alkes (AK-110), 29 October 1943, at Oakland, CA., CDR. William H. Wight in command
During World War II USS Alkes was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Mojuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 May to 30 June 1945
Capture and occupation of Guam, 8 to 10 August 1944
Decommissioned, 20 February 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 27 February 1946, name reverted to SS Increase A. Lapham
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
USS Alkes earned three battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 October 1971, to Hierros Ardes S. A., Bilbao, Spain
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two 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 Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Alkes (AK-110) (broadside view) off San Francisco, 2 November 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7443-43, 11/2/43.
||USS Alkes (AK-110) (forward plan view) moored pierside at San Francisco, 2 November 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7469-43, 11/2/43.
||USS Alkes (AK-110) (aft plan view) moored pierside at San Francisco, 2 November 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7470-43, 11/2/43.
||USS Alkes (AK-110) underway in San Francisco Bay, date unknown. Note the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in the background.
US Navy Bureau of Ships photo.
||USS Alkes (AK-110) in San Francisco Bay, date unknown. Note the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the tip of Yerba Buena Island in the background.
US Navy photo.
USS Alkes (AK-110)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Wight, William Henry, USNR||29 October 1943 - 31 January 1943|
|02||LCDR. Wickman, Charles Lorraine, USN Ret.||31 January 1943 - 20 February 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 8 November 2013
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