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USS Grainger (AK-184)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Lima - Uniform
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 - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2115), at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
Launched, 7 May 1944
Commissioned USS Grainger (AK-184), 26 January 1945, LT. Henry J. Johnson, USNR in command
During World War II USS Grainger was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 25 July 1946, at Seattle, WA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
Reacquired by the Navy, 9 May 1947
Recommissioned, 12 June 1947, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., LCDR. Ralph E. Deckwa, USN, in command
During the Korean War USS Grainger participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|North Korean Aggression
8 September to 9 October 1950
16 to 17 September 1950
During the Korean War USS Grainger was assigned to China service from 15 to 18 January 1954
Decommissioned, 7 February 1956, at Long Beach, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1960
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 14 December 1960, to The Learner Co.
USS Grainger earned two battle stars for Korean service
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 388' 6"
Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
Speed 11.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
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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||USS Grainger (AK-184) underway near her builders yard at Superior, WI. in the Great Lakes during sea trials in January-February 1945.
USS Grainger (AK-184)
DANFS history entry located at US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LT. Johnson, Henry J., USNR||26 January 1945 - 1 October 1945|
|02||LT. Rorie, Kenneth G., USNR||1 October 1945 - 25 July 1946 |
| ||Decommissioned||25 July 1946 - 12 June 1947|
|03||LCDR. Deckwa, Ralph Emerson USN||12 June 1947 - ?|
|04||CDR. Hesson, J. F.||1953|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 8 November 2013
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