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USS Phobos (AK-129)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Charlie - Mike
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, 25 September 1943, as SS Joseph H. Kibbey, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 1961) at Todd-Houston Shipbuilding Corp., Houston, TX.
Launched, 6 November 1943
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 17 November 1943, for operation under a GAA agreement by American Export Lines, Inc.
Converted for Naval service at Todd-Johnson Dry Docks, Inc., New Orleans, LA.
Commissioned, USS Phobos (AK-129), 12 June 1944, at Algiers, LA., LCDR. Edgar R. Winckler, USNR in command
During World War II USS Phobos was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Phobos was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 22 October to 15 December 1945
Decommissioned, 22 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 17 January 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 February 1970, by Union Minerals and Alloys Corp. Physically delivered for dismantling at Oakland CA., 26 May 1970. Dismantling completed, 2 October 1970
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.8 kts. (trial)
Complement and Troop Accommodations
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,430 DWT
non-refrigerated 118,346 Cu ft.
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one Joshua-Hendy 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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||Phobos (AK-129) at anchor in the Mississippi River near New Orleans, LA., circa 20 June 1944. A troop carrier, this ship was the only one of this class converted by the War Shipping Administration instead of the Navy. Note the platform on the bow for two 40 mm guns side by side, and the numerous minor differences in configuration compared to her sisters.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # 19-N-68104 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the US Naval History and Heritage Command collection.
||Phobos (AK-129) riding at anchor in the south anchorage at Ulithi Atoll during the Okinawa Gunto campaign, spring/summer 1945.
||George Raitt for his father Charlie Raitt SM3/c USS Phobos 1945-46
||USS Phobos (AK-129) at anchor in San Francisco Bay circa January 1946. A troop carrier, this ship was the only one of this class converted by the War Shipping Administration instead of the Navy. Note the platform, now empty, on the bow for two 40mm gun mounts side by side, and the numerous minor differences in configuration compared to her sisters.
US Navy photo # NH 83236 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
USS Phobos (AK-129)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Winckler, Edgar Ross, USNR||12 June 1944 - 22 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 11 July 2014
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