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USS Skagit (LKA-105)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Skagit (AKA-105) (1944 - 1968)
November - Echo - Charlie - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (3)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Taiwan Straits) - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (6)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 21 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1696) at North Carolina Shipbuilding, Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 18 November 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 28 November 1944 and towed or ferried to her conversion yard at Bethlehem Steel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Commissioned Attack Cargo Ship USS Skagit (AKA-105), 2 May 1945, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Brooklyn, N.Y., CAPT. Harold R. Parker, in command
During World War II USS Skagit was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Skagit was assigned to Occupation service and China service for the following periods;
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 8 September 1945||
|24 September to 2 December 1945||24 September to 2 December 1945
| ||24 March to 1 September 1947
| ||5 to 21 September 1951
Decommissioned, 30 June 1949, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Recommissioned, 26 August 1950, CAPT. George R. Over USN in command
During the Korean War USS Skagit participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|First UN Counter Offensive
16 April 1951
|Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
17 June to 12 July 1952
17to 18 October 1952
|Communist China Spring Offensive
2 to 27 May 1951
During the Vietnam War USS Skagit participated in the following campaigns:
Vietnam War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
3 to 9 December 1965
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
28 June to 1 July 1967
15 September to 1 November 1967
26 January to 21 February 1966
17 March to 15 April 1966
Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA-105), 1 January 1969
Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1969
Returned to the Maritime Administration; Final Disposition, scrapped in 1974
USS Skagit received three battle stars for Korean War service and three campaign stars for Vietnam War service
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,160 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
Cargo Capacity 5,275 DWT
non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 10,425 Bbls
Diesel 805 Bbls
one General Electric steam turbine
two Combustion Engineering header-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 Skagit (AKA-105) underway, date and location unknown.
||Capt George R. Over during the USS Skagit (AKA-105) re-commissioning ceremonies at Mare Island, 26 August 1950.
Photo # (AKA 105 6800-8-50, Navy Photo, 8/26/50).
||USS Skagit (AKA-105) underway, circa 1954, location unknown.
||USS Skagit (AKA 105) in drydock at Pearl Harbor, HI., 1956.
||Photo by Dale C Haskin
||USS Skagit (AKA 105) underway in Puget Sound, Washington. This photo, dated 13 November 1959, was used in an Associated Press article reporting the explosion of one of Skagit's boilers which caused her to go dead in Northern Pacific waters with 350 passengers aboard. The ship was enroute to Alaska at time.
||USS Skagit (AKA-105) at anchor in 1960, location unknown.
US Navy photo.
||USS Skagit (AKA 105) moored pierside at Sasebo, Japan in February 1966. The bow of USS Ashtabula (AO-51) is visible aft of Skagit
||Photo by Larry Backus
||USS Skagit (AKA 105) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
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