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USS Melucta (AK-131)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Charlie - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 21 January 1944, as SS Thomas A. McGinley, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull2470) at St. Johns River Shipbuilding Corp., Jacksonville, FL.
Launched, 20 March 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 31 March 1944
Converted for naval service at Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, FL.
Commissioned, USS Melucta (AK-131), 22 July 1944, CDR. John L. Graham. USN, in command
During World War II USS Melucta was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 13 December 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 18 December 1945
Name reverted to SS Thomas A. McGinley, by the Maritime Commission
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 March 1970, to Revalorizacion de Materiales S.A., Santurce, Spain. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 20 July 1970. Dismantling completed, 21 September 1970
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 427,725 Cu ft
Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
one single 5"/51 cal surface gun mount
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 9,660 Bbls
Diesel 2,010 Bbls
one Filer and Stowell 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 Melucta (AK-131) commissioning crew, at Jacksonville, FL., 22 July 1944.
||Joe Bennett EM2/c USS Melucta
||USS Melucta (AK-131) underway, 2 August 1944, off Jacksonville, FL., a few days after commissioning. Her conversion differs from others ships of her class in several details, including the higher splinter protection around the 5"/38 gun aft and the small but tall lattice platform aft of the deckhouse. Her camouflage is Measure 33 Design 9D.
US National Archives Record Group RG-19-LCM photo, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Melucta (AK-131) underway circa 2 August 1944, off Jacksonville, FL.,
||Ex-USS Melucta (AK-131) laid up in the Maritime Commission James River Reserve Fleet at Fort Eustis, VA., date unknown. She was laid up still wearing camouflage Measure 33 Design 9D.
USS Melucta (AK-131)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Graham, John Lenzle, USN||22 July 1944 - 25 August 1945|
|02||LT. Allen, Harold Grady, USN||25 August 1945 - 13 December 1945|
|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 Data Base
Photo Collection of Robert A. Tucker USS Melucta
Photo Collection of Joe Bennett USS Melucta
Last Updated 11 July 2014
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