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USS President Polk (AP-103)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Kilo - Delta
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
Completed and delivered to American President Lines, 6 November 1941
Acquired by the War Shipping Administration from American President LInes, 12 May 1941 as a bare bottom charter
Operated for the War Shipping Administration by American President Lines under a General Agency Agreement from 12 May 1941 to 6 September 1943
Allocated by the War Shipping Administration to the U.S. Navy, 6 September 1943, as a sub bare bottom charter
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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Gilbert Islands operation, 21 November to 3 December 1943
Lingayen Gulf landings, 11 January 1945
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
Zambales Subic-Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
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
Displacement 15,475 t.(fl)
Length 491' 10"
Draft 25' 9"
Speed 18.4 kts.
Cargo Capacity 2,800 DWT
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 15,200 Bbls
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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|War Shipping Administration
||SS President Polk at a Tidewater, Virginia shipyard after builder's delivery, 6 November 1941. This was prior to being
allocated the War Shipping Administration for American President Lines for operation on 5 December 1941.
Photo by George Strock, Life Magazine. Used for educational and non-commercial purpose.
|USS President Polk (AP-103)
||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.
| Merchant Service
American President Lines.
||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.
USS President Polk (AP-103)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 13 July 2018
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