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USS Markab (AR-23)
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USS Markab (AD-21) (1942 - 1960)
USS Markab (AK-31) (1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Tango - Xray
NBTX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze "A") - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2)- Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Philippines Liberation Medal


Hamul Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down as SS Mormacpenn a Maritime Commission (C3 Cargo) hull under Maritime Commission contact (MC hull 66) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 21 December 1940
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 2 June 1941
  • Commissioned USS Markab (AK-31), 15 June 1941, CDR. Allen D. Brown in command
  • Reclassified Destroyer Tender (AD-21), 24 January 1942
  • Following World War II USS Markab was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    31 October 1945 to 20 January 194621 January to 3 April 1946

  • Decommissioned in January 1947, at Orange TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX..
  • Recommissioned, 26 February 1952, CAPT. Melvyn H. McCoy in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1955
  • Reclassified Repair Ship (AR-23), 15 April 1960
  • Recommissioned, 1 July 1960, CAPT. E. M. Westbrook, Jr. in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Markab (AR-23) participated in the following campaign:
    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III, 3 to 22 November 1967

  • Decommissioned, 19 December 1969, at Mare Island Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 12 March 1976
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 April 1977, to Zidell Explorations Inc., Portland, OR. for $301,688.88, withdrawn from the reserve fleet, 3 May 1977
  • USS Markab earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,560 t., 14,000 t.(lim)
    Length 492' 5"
    Beam 69' 9"
    Draft 24' 9" (lim)updated specifications from Ships' Data U.S. Naval Vessels, April 1945,
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 84
    Enlisted 830
    Largest Boom Capacity 30t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 9,415 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear Ship's Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
    one turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 350Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Markab (AD-21)
    Markab
    19-N-35502
    75k USS Markab (AD-21) moored pierside at Mobile, AL. 6 October 1942 upon completion of conversion to a Destroyer Tender.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo #s 19-N-35502 & 19-N-35500, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Markab
    19-N-35500
    92k
    Markab 16k USS Markab (AD-21) moored to a buoy, circa 1943, at either Peal Harbor or in Alaska.
    US National Archives photo, RG-19-LCM, photo # unassigned, a US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Markab 84k Stern view of USS Markab (AD-21) underway off San Francisco, 19 February 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1166-44
    Darryl Baker
    Markab 66k Broadside view of USS Markab (AD-21) underway off San Francisco, 19 February 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1168-44
    Darryl Baker
    Markab 82k Bow on view of USS Markab (AD-21) underway off San Francisco, 19 February 1944. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in the background.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1170-44
    Darryl Baker
    Markab 82k USS Markab (AD-21) underway in San Francisco Bay, 19 February 1944.
    US National Archives photo, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-63608, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Markab 44k USS Markab (AD-21) underway, 7 October 1942, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Markab 177k USS Markab (AD-21) in a Pacific anchorage, with five destroyers alongside, circa 1944 or early 1945. The destroyer closest to Markab is of the "round bridge" Fletcher class, otherwise unidentified. The others are, from center to right: USS Longshaw (DD-559); USS Preston (DD-795); USS Porterfield (DD-682) and USS Cassin Young (DD-793). Wartime censors have retouched the photograph to remove all radar antennas.
    US Navy photo # NH 99281 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Markab 94k USS Markab (AD-21) moored to a buoy in Narragansett Bay, off Naval Station Newport, circa 1954 with USS Fred T. Barry (DD-858) and USS Norris (DD-859) alongside William J Campbell
    Markab 84k USS Markab (AD-21) moored to a buoy, circa 1956.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Markab 164k USS Markab (AR-23) with USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852) and USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) alongside at Yokosuka, Japan, 21 June 1966 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Markab 192k USS Markab (AR-23) with destroyers
    USS Dashiel (DD-659)
    USS Isherwood (DD-520)
    USS Power (DD-839) and
    USS William C. Lawe (DD-763) alongside at Yokosuka, Japan, date unknown.
    Mark Roberts, Destroyersonline.com
    USS Markab (AR-23)
    Markab 259k USS Markab (AR-23) "Repair Facilities Available for Forces Afloat" booklet provided to ships alongside for serves and repair, 1961. Robert M. Cieri
    Markab 133k USS Markab (AR-23) at Yokosuka, Japan, 14 July 1966, with destroyers alongside: to port,
    USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) and to starboard, USS Radford (DD-446), with two sisters, and USS James E. Kyes (DD-787), far right.
    US Navy photo # USN 1118931, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Markab 447k USS Markab (AR-23) at Yokosuka in October 1967 with USS Bronstein (DE-1037) alongside. Photo by Darryl Baker
    Markab 67k Stern view of USS Markab (AR-23) moored in Subic Bay, P.I., circa 1967 with ships alongside.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Markab 58k USS Markab (AR-23) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge as she enters San Francisco Bay in 1968. Robert M. Cieri
    CVAN-65, CVA-19, CVA-43 362k Aerial view of the piers at NAS Alameda, circa early July 1969. Ships present include from front to back:
    USS Enterprise (CVAN-65),
    USS Hancock (CVA-19),
    USS Markab (AR-23) with
    USS Pictor (AF-54) outboard, and
    USS Procyon (AF-61) forward of them, and
    USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Markab 108k USS Markab (AR-23) Decommissioning Ceremony booklet, 19 December 1969. Robert M. Cieri
    Markab 83k USS Markab (AR-23) moored at the Mare Island Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Markab serviced as headquarters ship, providing offices, maintenance ships, etc., 25 March 1972. Steve Newbauer
    Markab 58k
    APL-3 85k Ships moored at Mare Island Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, 23 May 1972. include APL-3 in the foreground and ex-USS Markab (AR-23) and ex-USS Nereus (AS-17) in the background. Photo from "Warship Boneyards" by Kit and Carolyn Bonner, (Courtesy L. Cote). Robert Hurst

    For more photos and information about USS Markab, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Markab AK31 - AD21 - AR23
  • Commanding Officers

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

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