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USS Montague (AKA-98)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Mike - Lima
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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 - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia and Europe clasps) - National Defense Service Medal - Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down (date unknown) as a Maritime Commission (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 220) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • Launched, 12 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS Montague (AKA-98), 13 April 1945, CAPT. Bascom H. Thomas in command
  • During World War II USS Montague was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Montague was assigned to Occupation service and China service for the following periods;

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    Asia 2 September to 16 October 19451 to 12 October 1945
    Europe 15 January to 5 March 19486 to 16 November 1945
    Europe 23 September 1948 to 16 January 194920 January to 4 February 1952
    Europe 13 May to 16 August 1950 

  • During the Korean War USS Montague participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    21 September to 31 October 1950
    First UN Counter Offensive
    25 January to 6 April 1951
    Chinese Communist Aggression
    11 November 1950 to 24 January 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    20 to 23 March 1952

  • Decommissioned, 22 November 1955, at Long Beach, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 11 February 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 March 1971, to West Waterway Lumber Co.
  • USS Montague received four battle stars for Korean 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 38
    Enlisted 387
    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 11,190 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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    Montague 96k USS Montague (AKA-98) off New York Navy Yard, 23 April 1945. Her surface search radar antenna is at the top of the fore topmast, and a pole mast forward of the stack supports an air search radar and a yardarm for signal flag halyards.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM photo # 19-N-84515, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Montague 126k USS Montague (AKA-98) unloading refugees from a French LSM in southern Indo-China, circa 1955.
    US National Archives photo # NWDNS-80-G-644449, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US National Archives
    Montague 115k USS Montague (AKA-98) underway, location unknown, circa 1954. Photo from 1954 Christmas Card.
    US Navy photo
    David Buell in honor of his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret) (MMC) USS Montague 1954-55
    Montague 381k USS Montague (AKA-98) moored to a buoy, location unknown, circa 1954-55.
    US Navy photo
    David Buell in honor of his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret) (MMC) USS Montague 1954-55
    Rasher 856k USS Rasher (SSR-269) and USS Montague (AKA-98) go their separate ways in the early 1950's. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
    Photo added 05/08/12.

    USS Montague (AKA-98)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Thomas, Bascom H.13 April 1945 - ?
    04CAPT. Wright Jr., Henry Price1950 - ?
    05CAPT. Knoertzer, Halford A.1951 - June 1952
    06CAPT. Dimitrijevic, William JosephJune 1952 - April 1953
    08CAPT. Cox, William Ruffin :RADMAugust 1954 - 22 November 1955
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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