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USS Muscatine (AK-197)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Oscar - Mike
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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 21 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2151), at Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI.
Launched, 16 June 1944
Converted for Naval service at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc., Beaumont, TX.
Acquired by the US Navy 3 April 1945
Commissioned USS Muscatine (AK-197), 19 April 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX., LT. William F. Heyer, USNR in command
During World War II USS Muscatine was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Service Squadron 8
Following World War II USS Muscatine was assigned to Occupation service from 28 October to 12 December 1945
Decommissioned, 7 March 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
Sold, 25 February 1947, to J. Ludwig Moinckels Rederi, for $963,862.00. title passed, 24 February 1947, renamed MV Palma
Re-sold in 1953, owner unknown, renamed MV Avance
Re-sold in 1968 to Philippine owners, reflagged Philippines, renamed MV Duke K.L.
Re-sold in 1972 to Hong Kong breakers, cut her down in 1973 and converted her to a lighter
Final Disposition, fate unknown
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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||Ex-USS Muscatine (AK-197) as the Norwegian-owned MV Palma underway, date and location unknown.
USS Muscatine (AK-197)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Heyer, William Frederick, USNR||19 April 1945 - 7 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
USS Muscatine (AK-197) War Diary April to November 1945 and History
Last Updated 10 May 2019
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