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USAT LT. Alexander R. Nininger
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USAT M.I.T. Victory (1945 - 1946)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Transport:
  • Laid down, 23 March 1945, as SS M.I.T. Victory a Maritime Commission Victory ship (type VC-S-AP2) under Maritime Commission contract MCV hull 819 at Bethlehem-Fairfield, Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 12 May 1945
  • Delivered, 5 June 1945, to the War Shipping Administration
  • Assigned, 5 June 1945, to T.J. Stevenson & Co. Inc. under a General Agency Agreement
  • Delivered, 12 June 1945, as a bare bottom charter to the War Department, Transportation Corps., renamed USAT Lt. Alexander R. Nininger
  • Renamed, 30 August 1946, renamed USAT LT. Alexander R. Nininger
  • Returned, 16 September 1949, by the War Department to the Maritime Commission for layup in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group
  • Transferred, 31 October 1969, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 July 1974, to Sparreboom Shipbrokers (PD-X-980, dated 7 June 1974) for $555,100.00, withdrawn, 23 August 1974, for delivery to the shipbreakers at Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,420 t.(lt) 13,050 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 23
    Passenger Capacity 1,597 troops
    Speed 16 kts.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 gun mount (stern)
    one single 3"/50 inch anti-aircraft gun mount (bow)
    eight 20mm single anti-aircraft gun mounts
    Complement, unknown
    Propulsion
    Cross compound steam turbine with double reduction gear, 6,000 to 8,500hp
    single propeller

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    LT. Alexander R. Nininger
    Second Lieutenant, 57th Infantry, Philippine Scouts, U.S. Army
    Citation
    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands, on 12 January 1942. This officer, though assigned to another company not then engaged in combat, voluntarily attached himself to Company K, same regiment, while that unit was being attacked by enemy force superior in firepower. Enemy snipers in trees and foxholes had stopped a counterattack to regain part of position. In hand-to-hand fighting which followed, 2d Lt. Nininger repeatedly forced his way to and into the hostile position. Though exposed to heavy enemy fire, he continued to attack with rifle and hand grenades and succeeded in destroying several enemy groups in foxholes and enemy snipers. Although wounded 3 times, he continued his attacks until he was killed after pushing alone far within the enemy position. When his body was found after recapture of the position, 1 enemy officer and 2 enemy soldiers lay dead around him.
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