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USS Almaack (AKA-10)
USS Almaack (AK-27) (1941 - 1943)
Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Uniform - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Fourth Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
Almaack Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 15 March 1940, as SS Executor, a Maritime Commission type (C3E) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 104) at Bethlehem Steel Co., Fore River Yard, Quincy, MA.
Launched, 21 September 1940
Delivered to her owners, the American Export Lines, 22 October 1940
Acquired by the Navy 3 June 1941
Converted for Naval service at Tietjen and Lang Dry Dock, Hoboken. N.J.
Commissioned USS Almaack (AK-27), 15 June 1941, at the US Army Transport Service Base, Brooklyn, N.Y., CDR. Thomas R. Cooley in command
Redesignated Attack Cargo Ship (AKA-10), 31 January 1943
During World War II USS Almaack served in both the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater, and the Asiatic-Pacific:
TransRon Eleven, COMO. D.W. Loomis USN (18);
TransDiv Thirty-One and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|North African Occupation
Tunisian operations, 8 November to 9 July 1943
|Marshall Islands campaign
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1943
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 24 June 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 22 to 29 July 1944
Leyte landings, 20 October and 14 November 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
||Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 6 March 1945
Following World War II USS Almaack was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from, 27 October to 13 November 1945 and China service from, 6 to 30 January 1946
Decommissioned, 23 May 1946, at Brooklyn, N.Y.
Struck from the Naval Register, 16 August 1946
USS Almaack was awarded six battle stars for her World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 12 September 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River, N.Y. Group
Post World War II Merchant Service
Sold, 9 September 1947, to Shepard Steamship Co., renamed SS Bunker Hill
Resold in September 1949 to American Export Lines Inc., renamed SS Excellent
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 12 March 1964, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group
Leased to American Export Isbrandtsen Lines, Inc., 2 September 1965
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 5 October 1967, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 May 1970, to Nation Metal & Scrap Corp.
Displacement 5,500 t.(lt), 15,265 t.(fl)
Length 473' 1"
Draft 27' 2" (max)
Speed 18.6 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 5,175 DWT
non-refrigerated 373,150 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
eight single .50 cal machine guns
Fuel Capacity NSFO 12,550 Bbls
one Bethlehem Shipbuilding Parsons design steam turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double Falk Main Reduction Gears
two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Almaack (AK-27) at New York on 20 June 1941, five days after being commissioned. She is wearing Measure One
camouflage and lacks any armament.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 19-N-24419, courtesy Shipscribe.com
||USS Almaack (AK-27) off the Norfolk Navy Yard, 31 December 1941 after a refit. She is wearing Measure 12 (mod.)
camouflage and has received her armament. Note the archaic counter stern favored by her original owner, American Export Lines.
US Naval History and Heritage
Command photo #'s 19-N-28326 & 19-N-28327, courtesy Shipscribe.com and Norfolk Navy Yard Photo # 2499(42).
|Robert Hurst and
Norfolk Navy Yard Photo # 2499(42)
||USS Almaack (AK-27) underway, date and location, unknown.
US Navy photo.
|USS Almaack (AKA-10)
||USS Almaack (AKA-10) underway on the Elizabeth River, off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 15 October 1943,
her camouflage is now overall Measure 11, Sea Blue.
US National Archives photo #'s 19-N-55023, 19-N-55022 and 19-N-55025, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now
in the collections of the US National Archives. Photos 19-N-55022 and 19-N-55025 courtesy Shipscribe. com
USS Almaack (AK-27 / AKA-10)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Cooley Jr., Thomas Ross USN (17) :RADM||15 June 1941 - December 1942|
|02||CDR. Nichols, Chester Leroy USN||6 June 1942 - ? - December 1942|
|03||LCDR. McLean, Hugh Buchanan USN (24)||12 December 1942 - ?|
|04||LCDR. Dannenberg, John Yancey USN (22) :RADM||16 June 1943 - ?|
|05||CDR. Hicks, Clyde Oscar USNR||6 June 1944 - 23 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 13 November 2015
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