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USS Melucta (AK-131)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Charlie - Oscar
NHCO
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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 195
    Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 427,725 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/51 cal surface gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,660 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Melucta 142k USS Melucta (AK-131) commissioning crew, at Jacksonville, FL., 22 July 1944. Joe Bennett EM2/c USS Melucta
    Melucta 94k 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.
    Mike Green
    Melucta 47k USS Melucta (AK-131) underway circa 2 August 1944, off Jacksonville, FL., David Nixon
    Melucta 73k 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. David Nixon

    USS Melucta (AK-131)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Graham, John Lenzle, USN22 July 1944 - 25 August 1945
    02LT. Allen, Harold Grady, USN25 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
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