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USS Flagler (AK-181)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Kilo - Uniform
NEKU
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2377) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 24 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Flagler (AK-181), 18 May 1945, LT. Paul S. Smith, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Flagler was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Flagler was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 to 20 September 1945
  • Grounded during Typhoon "Louise" on 9 October 1945, at Okinawa
  • Decommissioned, 24 December 1945, at Okinawa
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up at Subic Bay, 29 March 1946
  • Sold, 3 March 1948 to the Asia Development Corp.
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Shanghai in 1949
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5kts
    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, 1,700shp

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    Flagler 106k Invitation to the commissioning ceremony of USS Flagler (AK-181) at Kaiser Cargo Shipyard No. 4, Richmond, CA. Richard Haffner EM2/c USS Flagler
    Flagler 291k USS Flagler (AK-181) commissioning ceremony at Kaiser Cargo Shipyard No. 4, Richmond, CA., 18 May 1945. Richard Haffner EM2/c USS Flagler
    Flagler 110k USS Flagler (AK-181) loading cargo, date and location unknown. Richard Haffner EM2/c USS Flagler
    Flagler 121k USS Flagler (AK-181) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Haffner EM2/c USS Flagler
    Flagler 79k USS Flagler (AK-181) under way in heavy seas after encountering her first typhoon, date and location unknown. Note life raft missing. Richard Haffner EM2/c USS Flagler
    Flagler 571k Chicago Tribune column by Tom Skilling with some storm details about "Typhoon Louise," the typhoon that grounded USS Flagler (AK-181) at Okinawa. Richard Haffner EM2/c USS Flagler
    Flagler 120k USS Flagler (AK-181) grounded at Okinawa after Typhoon Louis passed over Buckner Bay in October 1945. Donn Cuson
    Flagler 84k USS Flagler (AK-181) grounded at Buckner Bay, Okinawa in October 1945.
    Photos by LT. R E Dobkins, the ship's engineering officer.
    Richard Haffner EM2/c USS Flagler
    Flagler 94k
    Flagler 126k USS Flagler (AK-181) in drydock after being refloated at Okinawa, date unknown.
    Photos by LT. R E Dobkins, the ship's engineering officer.
    Richard Haffner EM2/c USS Flagler
    Flagler 102k
    Flagler 92k
    Flagler 02k
    Flagler 97k
    Flagler 90k LT. R E Dobkins USS Flagler (AK-181) Engineering Officer and his black gang. Richard Haffner is the sailor far right back row. Richard Haffner EM2/c USS Flagler

    USS Flagler (AK-181)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Smith, Paul Steven, USNR18 May 1945 - 24 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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