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USS Skagit (LKA-105)
USS Skagit (AKA-105) (1944 - 1968)

International Radio Call Sign:
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 194524 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
    Vietnam Defense
    3 to 9 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    28 June to 1 July 1967
    15 September to 1 November 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    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"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 387
    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
    eight LCMs
    one LCP(L)
    fifteen LCVPs
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Skagit 81k USS Skagit (AKA-105) underway, date and location unknown. Ed Spigler
    Skagit 235k 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).
    Darryl Baker
    Skagit 33k USS Skagit (AKA-105) underway, circa 1954, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Skagit 103k USS Skagit (AKA 105) in drydock at Pearl Harbor, HI., 1956. Photo by Dale C Haskin
    Skagit 69k 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. Ron Reeves
    Skagit 43k USS Skagit (AKA-105) at anchor in 1960, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Skagit 105k 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
    Skagit 131k USS Skagit (AKA 105) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    For more photos and information about USS Skagit, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Data Base
  • USS Skagit AKA / LKA-105
  • Commanding Officers

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

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