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USS Poinsett (AK-205)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - November - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 6 November 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2159), at Leatham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Launched, 22 May 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 22 January 1945
Commissioned, USS Poinsett (AK-205), 7 February 1945, at Houston, TX., LCDR. Robert M. Baughman, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Poinsett was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 7 July 1945
Decommissioned, 25 January 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the War Shipping Administration at Lee Hall, VA., 29 January 1946, for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
Sold by the Maritime Commission, 25 February 1947, to Bergenske Dampakibaselskab (Bergen Line) for $693,862.00, at Baltimore, MD. renamed SS Carina reflagged Norway
Resold to the Government of South Korea, renamed SS Masan, reflagged South Korea
Final Disposition, scrapped in South Korean in 1979
USS Poinsett earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 388' 6"
Draft 21' 1"
Speed 11.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
non refrigerated 177,515 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 TSM6 Diesel engine
two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,700shp
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||USS Poinsett (AK-205) probably running builder's trials in the Great Lakes circa September, 1944. Her armament has not yet been installed, although she has her wartime life rafts.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown
||Ex-Poinsett (AK-205) in merchant service as the South Korean flagged SS Masan in the Malacca Strait, date unknown.
Photo ©Airfoto Malacca
USS Poinsett (AK-205)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LCDR. Baughman, Robert Martin, USNR||7 February 1945 - 25 January 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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Last Updated 12 December 2014
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