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USS President Polk (AP-103)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Kilo - Delta
NKKG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)


President Jackson Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 7 October 1940, as a Maritime Commission type (C3A-P&C) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 110), at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1941
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration from American President LInes, 12 May 1941
  • Transferred to the Navy, 6 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS President Polk (AP-103), 4 October 1943, at San Diego, CA., CDR. Clarence J. Ballreich in command
  • During World War II USS President Polk was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following operations:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation, 21 November to 3 December 1943 Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 11 January 1945
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Manila-Bicol operation
    Zambales Subic-Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 26 July 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 9 to 16 March 1945

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the Maritime Commission for operation by American President Lines under a General Agency Agreement, 2 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • USS President Polk earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Re-delivered to American President Lines, 12 May 1946
  • Sold foreign, 15 July 1965, renamed SS Minotauro, reflagged Liberian
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,475 t.(fl)
    Length 491' 10"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 9"
    Speed 18.4 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 30
    Enlisted 324
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 150
    Enlisted 2,336
    Cargo Capacity 2,800 DWT
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 15,200 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Newport News geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS President Polk (AP-103)
    President Polk 99k USS President Polk (AP-103) at anchor in San Francisco Bay circa November or December 1945.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 78584, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service American President Lines.
    President Polk 41k Post card image of ex-USS President Polk (AP-103) in commercial service as American President Lines containership SS President Polk underway in San Francisco Bay, date unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USS President Polk (AP-103)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation

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    Last Updated 11 December 2015