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USCGC Kukui (WAK-186)
ex
USS Colquitt (AK-174) (1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Charlie - Quebec
NRCQ
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 - National Defense Service Medal



USS Colquitt (AK-174) was transferred to the US Coast Guard immediately after commissioning

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2147) at Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
  • Launched, 21 January 1945
  • Transferred to the Navy, 17 August 1945
  • Commissioned USS Colquitt (AK-174), 22 September 1945, LCDR. Frank E. Miner, USCG in command
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the US Coast Guard, 24 September 1945
  • Permanent transfer to the US Coast Guard and decommissioned, 11 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Recommissioned USCGC Kukui (WAK-186), 24 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, in February 1972
  • Transferred to the Republic of the Philippines, 1 March 1972
  • Commissioned into the Philippines Navy, renamed BAP Maltan
  • Deleted by the Philippines Navy, 7 June 2001
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 388' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    Colquitt 68k USCGC Kukui (WAK-186) underway off the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay, MD., 16 March 1946. Kukui was one of two ships of this class transferred to the Coast Guard in 1946.
    US Coast Guard photo #19 by D. Kendall, from the collections of the Office of the US Coast Guard Historian.
    Mike Green
    Colquitt 45k USCGC Kukui (WAK-186) underway, circa 1947, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Colquitt 45k USCGC Kukui (WAK-186) at anchor, circa 1957, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1958-59".
    Robert Hurst
    Colquitt 87k USCGC Kukui (WAK-186) moored pierside at Saipan while loading cargo for Coast Guard Loran Stations in the Southwest Pacific. "The KUKUI, a cargo ship, is a floating storehouse. She makes one whale of a cruise that lasts nearly a year and covers over 20,000 miles. Her job is to service loran stations, those vital electronic navigational aids to ships and planes maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard in the Southwest Pacific. Like Christmas, the KUKUI comes but once a year. So, her arrival is anticipated with considerable eagerness by the Coast Guardsmen stationed on an isolated atoll in the Pacific. The KUKUI's arrival means supplies -- anything from a toothpick to an antenna pole -- from a can of sardines to a quonset hut. Her ports of call include, the Marshalls, the Marianas, the Philippines, Guam, Yokohama, and Hong Kong. Her home port -- Honolulu, T.H."; For Release 26 February 1949
    US Coast Guard photo # 5316 from the collections of the Office of the US Coast Guard Historian.
    Mike Green
    Colquitt 45k USCGC Kukui (WAK-186) underway, circa 1965, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Colquitt 84k USCGC Kukui (WAK-186) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Colquitt 96k USCGC Kukui (WAK-186) underway, 7 February 1961, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo (UA-283).
    Bill Gonyo
    Colquitt 128k USCGC Kukui (WAK-186) underway in 1970, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo #14CGD-010870 08 from the collections of the Office of the US Coast Guard Historian.
    Mike Green
    Colquitt 45k USCGC Kukui (WAK-186) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Ken Laesser

    USS Colquitt (WAK-174)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Miner, Frank E., USCG22 September 1945 - 24 September 1945
    02CDR. Shebley, Howard Vincent, USCG24 September 1945 - 11 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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - Kukui, 1946 AK-174; WAK-186 ex-Colquitt
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