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Lost to enemy action, 19 February 1942

USAT Meigs

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

cargo ship :
  • Laid down, 30 July 1920, as the Cargo Ship SS West Lewark for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) by Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. San Pedro, CA
  • Launched, 24 February 1921
  • Delivered in June 1921 to the United States Shipping Board
  • Evaluated for naval use with a temporary designation of ID-4490
  • Allocated to Williams, Diamone & Co. for the Pacific Coast-European trade
  • Acquired by the War Department Transportation Corp. in 1922, renamed USAT Meigs
  • USAT Meigs operated in the Pacific as a freight and animal transport
  • Assigned the Navy hull number AK-34 Shortly before the US entry into the World War II
  • Assignment to the Navy cancelled December 1941
  • USAT Meigs was part of the Pensacola Convoy attempting to reinforce the Philippines in the early stages of the Pacific War
  • Final Disposition, bombed and sunk, 19 February 1942. by Japanese planes attacking Darwin harbor. Meigs, one of six ships sunk
    Displacement 7,358 gross tons
    Length 430'
    Beam 54'
    Draft 38'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Complement unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft, 3,500shp

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    Meigs 60k SS West Lewark moored pierside in June 1921, soon after completion, showing the configuration of the after portion of this large freighter.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo No. NH 102524
    Courtesy Shipscribe. com
    Meigs 89k USAT Meigs under way circa 1920s or 1930s.
    US National Archives RG-11 Army Signal Corps photo SC 131485.
    Courtesy Shipscribe. com

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