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USS Menkar (AK-123)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Bravo - Zulu
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)
USS Menkar (AK-123) was assigned to the Coast Guard in October 1944
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 17 November 1943, as SS John White, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1218) at St. Johns River Shipbuilding Co., Jacksonville, FL.
Launched, 31 December 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 17 January 1944
Commissioned, USS Menkar (AK-123), 18 January 1944, for transit to her finishing yard, LCDR. Edward G. Gummer, USNR, (Ferry Command) in command
Decommissioned, 22 January, 1944, at Miami, FL.and converted for Naval Service at Dade Drydock Co., Miami, FL.
Recommissioned, 2 June 1944
Assigned to the US Coast Guard in October 1944 for loran station construction, LCDR Niels P. Thompsen, USCG in command
During World War II USS Menkar 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, 1 to 14 April 1945
Decommissioned, 15 April 1946
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 15 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. name reverted to SS John White
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 May 1962, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., removed, 22 May 1962, dismantled by Learner Co., at Oakland, CA.
USS Menkar earned one battle star 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 5,420 DWT
non-refrigerated 400,000 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 John White
||SS John White launching 31 December 1943 at St. Johns River Shipbuilding Co., Jacksonville, FL
|USS Menkar (AK-123)
||USS Menkar (AK-123) under way, date and location unknown. Note dazzle camouflage scheme.
US Navy photo from DANFS
|Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret.
||USS Menkar (AK-123) at anchor probably in Hampton Roads, VA. in July 1944.
US Navy photo # 80-G-236739 taken by NAS Hampton Roads, VA., released July 13, 1944.
||National Museum of the US Navy
USS Menkar (AK-123)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
| ||LCDR. Gummer, Edward George||USNR||18 January 1944 - 22 January 1944|
| ||Decommissioned|| ||22 January 1944 - 2 June 1944|
|01||LCDR. Thompsen, Niels, P.||USCG||2 June 1944 - 26 July 1945|
|02||CDR. Krestensen, Jens B.||USCG||26 July 1945 - 15 April 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
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Menkar AK-123
Last Updated 4 December 2015
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|