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USS Matar (AK-119)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - November - Whiskey
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 16 October 1943, as SS Napoleon B. Broward, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MCE 1214) at St. Johns River Shipbuilding Corp., Jacksonville, FL.
Launched, 30 November 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 10 December 1943
Converted for Naval service at Merrill Stevens Drydock & Repair Co., Jacksonville, FL.
Commissioned, USS Matar (AK-119), 17 May 1944, at Jacksonville, FL., LCDR. Erwin E. Smith, USNR in command
During WWII USS Matar was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands -
Angaur Island, 6 September to 14 October 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 May to 25 June 1945
Following World War II USS Matar was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 14 September to 6 November 1945
Decommissioned, 15 March 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 8 October 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 April 1971, to Levin Metals Corp., removed, 21 May 1971
USS Matar earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.8 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,520 DWT
non-refrigerated 370,045 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 Corp. 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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|SS Napoleon B. Broward (MCE hull 1214)
||SS Napoleon B. Broward (MCE hull 1214) launching, 30 September 1943 at St. Johns River Shipbuilding Corp., Jacksonville, FL.
|USS Matar (AK-119)
||USS Matar (AK-119) underway off Jacksonville, FL. in May 1944 after completing conversion for naval service. Demonstrating the many differences in detail in ships of this class, this troop carrier had unusually prominent platforms for her 40-mm guns which extended across the width of the ship both fore and aft. In contrast to sister ship, the USS Sabik (AK-121), her after 40-mm guns were located forward of the after pair of 20mm guns.
Photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
||USS Matar (AK-119) underway, date and location unknown.
||Robert J. Bergstrom USS Matar
USS Matar (AK-119)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Smith, Erwin E., USNR||17 May 1944 - 15 January 1945|
|02||LT. Weston, Harold A., USNR||15 January 1945 - 15 March 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
Last Updated 13 June 2014
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