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USS Muscatine (AK-197)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Oscar - Mike

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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
  • 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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    USS Muscatine (AK-197)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Heyer, William Frederick, USNR19 April 1945 - 7 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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