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USS Mintaka (AK-94)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Golf - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 25 May 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Mintaka (AK-94) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 February 1943, as SS Ansel Briggs, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 725), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 10 May 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 26 March 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Mintaka (AK-94), 10 May 1943, at San Diego, CA., LCDR. L. S. Burgess, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS Mintaka was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 to 31 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS Mintake (AK-94) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 27 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 12 February 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 12 February 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA., name reverted to SS Ansel Briggs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 March 1968, at Suisun Bay, to the Learner Corp, agentes for Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., removed 18 March 1968, scrapping completed, 20 November 1968
  • USS Mintaka earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.8 kts.
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 190
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 990
    Cargo Capacity 4,470 DWT
    non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Western Pipe and Steel Co. header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Mintaka 58k USS Mintaka (AK-94 underway during World War II, with a tug alongside.
    US Navy photo # NH 84613 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Mintaka (AK-94)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Burgess, Lemuel S. USCG10 May 1943 - 1944
    02LCDR. Hart, Walter C. USCG1944 - 1 December 1944
    03LCDR. Johnson, Michael J. USNR1 December 1944 - 12 January 1946
    04LT. Green, Marshall A. USCG12 January 1946 - 12 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Mintaka AK-94
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