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USS Alnitah (AK-127)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Charlie - India
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, 3 March 1961, (PD-X-598 W/77H) for $2,887, to Zidell Explorations Inc., at Astoria, OR. Physically delivered for dismantling,12 April 1961
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 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,470 DWT
non-refrigerated 231,565 Cu ft.
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
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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||Alnitah (AK-127) under way, date and location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 84660. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
USS Alnitah (AK-127)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Youngjohns Jr., Ernest James, USNR||27 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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Last Updated 16 December 2016
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