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USS Shakamaxon (AN-88)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Quebec - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Cohoes Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 30 June 1944, as Yard Net Tender Shakamaxon (YN-114) at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched, 9 September 1944
  • Redesigned Net Laying Ship (AN-88), 17 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Shakamaxon (AN-88), 5 April 1945, LT. Merton F. Root USN in command
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet for duty in July 1945
  • USS Shakamaxon (AN-88) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.7 Target Vessel Group - Salvage Units for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 21 April 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963
  • Permanent custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 July 1963, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Reacquired by the US Navy in 1968 and transferred to the Department of the Interior - Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Saipan, Micronesia and renamed MV Hafa Adai
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 13 September 1977
  • Sold for non-transportation use, 13 September 1977, (PD-X-1020) to Abe Rapaport, Seal Beach, CA. for $700
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 785 t.
    Length 168' 6"
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 10' 10"
    Speed 12.3 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 42
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 905 Bbls
    two Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel-electric engine
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Aloe 416k Shakamaxon (AN-88) moored at the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI., circa early April 1944.
    Photo from the Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI.
    Michael Cosgrove
    Aloe 101k Shakamaxon (AN-88) under way on the Great Lakes, probably during builder or Navy acceptance trials, circa April 1945.
    Photo courtesy Historical Collections of the Great Lakes.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Shakamaxon (AN-88)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Root, Merton Francis, USN5 April 1945 - 26 September 1945
    02LT. Bartell, Russell James, USNR26 September 1945 - 11 December 1945
    03LTjg. Campbell, Allan L., USNR11 December 1945 - 5 April 1946
    04LT. Nottingham, Wells Bertram, USN5 April 1946 - 13 July 1946
    05LT. Root, Merton Francis, USN13 July 1946 - 11 January 1947
    06LTjg. Phillips, Gordon Robert, USNR11 January 1947 - 21 April 1947
    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
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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