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USS Alnitah (AK-127)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Charlie - India
NHCI
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 October 1943, as SS John A. Logan, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 451), at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 14 January 1943
  • Delivered, 27 January 1942, to United States Lines under a GAA contract
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 8 October 1943, under a bare bottom charter at Los Angeles, CA.
  • Converted for Naval service at Los Angeles Shipbuilding Corp, San Pedro, CA.
  • Commissioned, USS Alnitah (AK-127), 27 November 1943, At San Pedro, CA., LCDR. Ernest J. Youngjohns, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Alnitah was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Alnitah was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    22 December 1945 to 4 February 1946
    23 February to 11 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 11 March 1946, at Yokohama, Japan, and transferred to the War Shipping Administration representative at Yokohama the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Laid up in reserve, 26 September 1947, at Astoria, OR.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 April 1961, to Zidell Explorations Inc., at Astoria, OR.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.8 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 19
    Enlisted 290
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 58
    Enlisted 999
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,470 DWT
    non-refrigerated 231,565 Cu ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Machinery Corp. vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Combustion Engineering 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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    USS Alnitah (AK-127)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Youngjohns Jr., Ernest James, USNR27 November 1943 - 11 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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