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USAT LT. Alexander R. Nininger
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
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Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 July 1974, to Sparreboom Shipbrokers (PD-X-980, dated 7 June 1974) for $555,100.00, withdrawn, 23 August 1974, for delivery to the shipbreakers at Rotterdam, Netherlands
Displacement 4,420 t.(lt) 13,050 t.(fl)
Passenger Capacity 1,597 troops
Speed 16 kts.
one single 5"/38 gun mount (stern)
one single 3"/50 inch anti-aircraft gun mount (bow)
eight 20mm single anti-aircraft gun mounts
Cross compound steam turbine with double reduction gear, 6,000 to 8,500hp
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LT. Alexander R. Nininger
Second Lieutenant, 57th Infantry, Philippine Scouts, U.S. Army
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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