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USS Muliphen (LKA-61)
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USS Muliphen (AKA-61) (1944 - 1969)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Golf - Charlie
NHGC
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia and Europe clasps) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 Lebanon, 1Jul53-1Nov58)


Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • Launched, 26 August 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 21 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Muliphen (AKA-61), 23 October 1944, LCDR. Walter W. Williamson in command
  • During World War II USS Muliphen (AKA-61) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Fourteen, COMO. D. L. Ryan USN (16);
    TransDiv Forty-Two, CAPT. A.R. Mack USN (17) and participated in the following campaigns;
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 4 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 11 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Muliphen was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East and Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    Asia - 12 October to 25 November 19452
    Europe - 18 March to 9 April 1952
    Europe - 20 September 1953 to 24 January 1954

  • Redesignated (LKA-61), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 28 August 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1971
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 September 1971, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 28 October 1988 for reefing
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef 16.5 miles off Port St Lucie FL., January 1989. Sitting upright, at a depth of 168 feet
  • USS Muliphen received two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,200 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 48
    Enlisted 351
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,900 dwt
    non-refrigerated 440,000 Cu. ft.,
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boats
    eight LCMs
    one LCP(L)
    fifteen LCVPs
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 10,990 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Muliphen 72k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Leonhardt
    Muliphen 70k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) underway, circa 1954 to 1957, location unknown. Ronald L Wiant
    Muliphen 148k Painting USS Muliphen (AKA-61)'s hull, date and location unknown.
    US Navy Photo from "All Hands" magazine August 1953.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Muliphen 678k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) moored at Genoa, Italy, 21 April 1957. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Muliphen 77k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) underway, prior to 1964, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Leonhardt
    Muliphen 58k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) conducting amphibious exercises off NAB Little Creek, VA., August 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Muliphen 54k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) underway in Hampton Roads, VA., July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Muliphen 103k US Muliphen (AKA-61) conducting amphibious exercises off NAB Little Creek, VA., August 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Muliphen 50k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) conducting amphibious exercises off NAB, Little Creek, VA., July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Muliphen 123k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) moored pierside, NOB Norfolk, VA., July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Muliphen 88k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) anchored in Hampton Roads, VA., July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Muliphen 47k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) conducting amphibious exercises off NAB Little Creek, Va., July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Muliphen 73k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) underway, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Muliphen 376k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) in port, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, January 1967. Masao Aochi USS Muliphen, 1966-68
    Muliphen 215k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) in port, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, January 1967. Photo was taken from one of the ship's liberty boats. Masao Aochi USS Muliphen, 1966-68
    Muliphen 127k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) at anchor off the island of Crete during Med 1-68, Spring 1968. Carey Smith, Marietta, Ga.
    Muliphen 68k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Giorgio Arra.
    Robert Hurst
    Muliphen 100k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Muliphen 52k USS Muliphen (AKA-61) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown. Richard MIller BMCS USNR Ret.

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    Muliphen
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    Muliphen
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski


    For more photos and information about USS Muliphen, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Data Base
  • USS Muliphen Reunion Association
  • Commanding Officers

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

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