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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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USS Merrick (LKA-97)
USS Merrick (AKA-97) (1945 - 1969)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Kilo - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (28 February to 11 March 1967) - 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) - Korean Service Medal - Antarctic Service Medal
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 2-Vietnam)- Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (10)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 19 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 219), at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearney, N.J.
Launched, 28 January 1945
Commissioned USS Merrick (AKA-97), 31 March 1945, LCDR. Walter E. Reed, USNR in command
During World War II USS Merrick was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Merrick was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 to 27 September 1945
|20 to 23 October 1945
Decommissioned, 25 June 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Recommissioned, 19 January 1952
During the Vietnam War USS Merrick (AKA-97) participated in the following campaigns:
Vietnam War Campaigns
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
6 to 2 July1965
25-July to 5 August 1965
19 to 27 August 1965
19 September to 1 October 1965
21 to 27 October 1965
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
16 to 25 June 1968
28 to 30 June 1968
22 February to 3 March 1966
24 March to 11-April 1966
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
29 July to 20 August 1968
31 August to 5 October 1968
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
4 to 13 December 1966
4 to 9 January 1967
28 February to 11 March 1967
19 March to 26 April 1967
25 to 31 May 1967
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
6 to 9 November 1968
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
1 to 11 June 1967
Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA-97), 1 January 1969
Decommissioned, 17 September 1969
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 15 December 1969, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
Withdrawn from reserve, 19 December 1979, trade-in and exchange States Marine Lines (SS Santa Ana), delivered to Apolina Ltd., Hong Kong for disposal
Final Disposition, scrapped by Fubian Steel Enterprises Corp., Taiwan, 13 March 1980
USS Merrick earned seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,900 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,900 DWT
non-refrigerated 440,000 Cu. ft.,
one 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 11.190 Bbls
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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||USS Merrick (AKA-97) underway near Antarctica, circa 1947.
US Navy photo
||Sled dogs pulling supplies on the ice pack in 1947 with the USS Merrick (AKA-97) in the background.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1986.056.001.345
||USS Merrick (AKA-97) in the background, moored in the ice at Whale Bay, Antarctica while cargo is also being unloaded from an unidentified ship during the 1947 Operation Highjump.in the background.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1986.056.001.152.
||USS Merrick (AKA-97) underway, date and location unknown.
||Gary Fields USS Merrick 1958-66
||USS Merrick (AKA-97) standing out of San Francisco Bay about to pass under the Golden Gate Bridge, date unknown.
||Adam Hamner for his uncle M.O. Hamner USS Merrick
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 23 October 2015
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