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USS Kenmore (AK-221)
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USS Kenmore (AP-162) (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - Alpha
NKWA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 May 1943, as SS James H. McClintock, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1664) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 30 May 1943
  • Reclassified as a Naval Transport and renamed Kenmore (AP-162), 27 October 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned, USS Kenmore (AP-162), 14 November 1943, LCDR. Olin H. Pitts, in command
  • During World War II USS Kenmore (AP-162) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 3 to 8 February 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 30 June to 7 August 1944

  • Reclassified Cargo Ship, (AK-221), 20 August 1944
  • Following World War II USS Kenmore (AK-221) was assigned to Occupation service from 24 to 31 October 1945 and China Service from 1 to 17 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 1 February 1946 and delivered to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benicia, CA. on the same day, name reverted to SS James H. McClintock
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 February 1973, to Chi Shun Steel Co., Ltd., Taiwan, delivered 26 March 1973
  • USS Kenmore earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 24' 6"
    Speed 12.8 kts.
    Complement and Troop Accommodations
    Officers 80
    Enlisted 1,162
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,470 DWT
    non-refrigerated 300,000 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,660 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 250psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 120Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    USS Kenmore (AK-221)
    Kenmore 44k USS Kenmore (AK-221) anchored on the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 3 November 1945. Shirley Hammitt
    Kenmore 75k USS Kenmore (AK-221) in San Francisco Bay, CA. in late 1945 or early 1946
    US Navy photo #: NH 98732, donated to the US Naval Historic Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historic Center
    Kenmore 87k USS Kenmore (AK-221) anchored, circa 1945, location unknown.
    US Navy photo #: NH 98569, from the collections of the US Naval Historic Center, courtesy of James Russell.
    US Naval Historic Center
    Maritime Commission
    Kenmore 62k SS James H. McClintock being prepared for her tow to the breaker's yard at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Photo was probably taken in San Francisco Bay area, circa 1973. David Nixon

    USS Kenmore (AP-162 / AK-221)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. PItts, Olin Harrison14 November 1943 - 1 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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