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USS Megrez (AK-126)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Delta - Xray
NHDX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal


Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 31 March 1943, as SS General Vallejo, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1642), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 23 April 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 7 October 1943
  • Converted for Naval service at Bethlehem Steel Co., Shipbuilding Division, San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned, USS Megrez (AK-126), 26 October 1943, LCDR. James E. Dow, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Megrez was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Megrez was assigned to Occupation duty and China service from 12 October 1945 to 13 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1946, at Pearl Harbor, TH.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 18 September 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 June 1974, to Zidel Explorations Inc., physically delivered, 21 June 1974
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 260
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 414,774 Cu ft.
    Armament
    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
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    SS General Vallejo (MCE hull 1642)
    Megrez 158k SS General Vallejo (plan view - amidships looking forward) before conversion to US Naval service at Bethlehem Steel Co., Shipbuilding Division, San Francisco, CA., 13 October 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7108-43, 10/13/43
    Darryl Baker
    Megrez 142k SS General Vallejo (plan view - amidships looking aft) before conversion to US Naval service at Bethlehem Steel Co., Shipbuilding Division, San Francisco, CA., 13 October 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7109-43, 10/13/43
    Darryl Baker
    Megrez 131k SS General Vallejo (plan view - aft) before conversion to US Naval service at Bethlehem Steel Co., Shipbuilding Division, San Francisco, CA., 13 October 1943.
    NARA San Francisco - Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7110-43, 10/13/43
    Tracy White
    USS Megrez (AK-126)
    Megrez 82k USS Megrez (AK-126) (plan view - forward) after conversion to US Naval service at Oakland, CA., 2 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7480-43, 11/2/43
    Darryl Baker
    Megrez 78k US Megrez (AK-126) (plan view - aft) after conversion to US Naval service at Oakland, CA., 2 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7481-43, 11/2/43
    Darryl Baker
    Megrez 51k USS Megrez (AK-126) at anchor, in Ulithi Atoll, date unknown. Note the bedding draped over the side rails. Air bedding was a regular routine conducted on all ships of the fleet. Bill Welsh in honor of his father Sgt. William C. Welsh USMCR Carmita Marine Detachment
    Megrez 35k USS Megrez (AK-126) at anchor, in Ulithi Atoll, date unknown with a covered lighter alongside. Bill Welsh in honor of his father Sgt. William C. Welsh USMCR Carmita Marine Detachment
    Megrez 83k USS Megrez (AK-126) at anchor, date and location unknown. David Nixon

    USS Megrez (AK-126)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Dow, James Edward, USNR26 October 1943 - 3 September 1945
    02LT. Powers, William Thomas, USNR September 1945 - 29 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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