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USS Alkaid (AK-114)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - November - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 13 September 1943, as SS William G. Sumner, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1211), at St. John's River Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Jacksonville, FL.
Launched, 8 November 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 19 November 1943
Converted for Naval service at Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, FL.
Commissioned, USS Alkaid (AK-114), 27 March 1944, at Jacksonville, FL. LCDR . Edward G. Gummer in command
During World War II USS Alkaid 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, 15 to 31 May 1945
Following World War II USS Alkaid was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from
28 September to 16 November 1945
Decommissioned, 11 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 11 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 April 1964, to National Metal and Steel Co., removed, 20 April 1964, completed, 23 December 1965
USS Alkaid earned one battle star for World War II service
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 37 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,520 DWT
non-refrigerated 285,600 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one General Machine vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Alkaid (AK-114) underway, date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 32 Design 1F.
||Rick Hart for his father Joseph D. Hart GM3/c USS Alkaid
||USS Alkaid (AK-114) entering San Francisco Bay after passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, 9 January 1946.
||Rick Hart for his father Joseph D. Hart GM3/c USS Alkaid and
Robert Johansen for his father LCDR Alfred O. Johansen USNR CO USS Alkaid
||USS Alkaid (AK-114) crew photo, 27 February 1946, at San Francisco. CA.
Commanding OIfficer LCDR Alfred O. Johansen, seated center front.
|Robert Johansen for his father LCDR Alfred O. Johansen USNR CO USS Alkaid
USS Alkaid (AK-114)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|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
USS Alkaid (AK-114) Miscellaneous Documents
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 5 December 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|