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USS Montague (AKA-98)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Mike - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended_
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (4)
Fourth Row - Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation - 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 Jr. USNR 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
  • USS Montague earned four battle stars for Korean service
  • 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. for $69,724.00 (PD-X-899 dated 17 February 1971)
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,200 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 387
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 440,000 Cu. ft.,
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    eight LCMs
    one LCP(L)
    fifteen LCVPs
    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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    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, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Montague 197k USS Montague (AKA-98) under way off New York City, 23 April 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 107738 a New York Navy Yard photo.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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 &
    Photo added 05/08/12.

    USS Montague (AKA-98)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Thomas Jr., Bascom H., USNR13 April 1945 - September 1945
    02CDR. Swany Jr., Ralph Michael George, USNRSeptember 1945 - April 1946
    03CAPT. McGregor, Rob Roy, USN (USNA 1929)April 1946 - June 1946
    04CAPT. Haley, Ignatius Joseph, USNRJune 1946 - December 1946
    05CAPT. Hooper, Charles Frederick, USN (USNA 1922)December 1946 - 1948
    07CAPT. Wright Jr., Henry Price1950 - ?
    08CAPT. Knoertzer, Halford A.1951 - June 1952
    09CAPT. Dimitrijevic, William JosephJune 1952 - April 1953
    10CAPT. MacGregor III, Edgar John, USN (USNA 1930)April 1953 - 11 August 1954
    11CAPT. Cox, William Ruffin :RADM11 August 1954 - 22 November 1955
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Montague (AKA-98) War Diaries April 1945 to November 1945
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