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USS Murzim (AK-95)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Golf - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

USS Murzim (AK-95) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 July 1942, as SS Brigham Young, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 633) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 17 August 1942
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 8 April 1943
  • Converted for Naval Service at Los Angeles Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp., Los Angeles, CA.
  • Commissioned, USS Murzim (AK-95), 14 May 1943, at Los Angeles, CA., LT. James E. King, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS Murzim was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte Gulf landings, 29 October to 29 November 1944
  • Decommissioned, 7 June 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 June 1947
  • USS Murzim earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 5 August 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for foreign scrapping, 19 March 1973, to Nicolai Joffe Corp. (PD-X-955 dated 8 February 1973), for $168,113.00, withdrawn from the reserve fleet, 27 July 1973
    Specifications: Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 190
    Cargo Capacity 7,700 DWT
    non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    one Vogt vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Vogt header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Murzim 148k USS Murzim (AK-95) under way in 1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 78577. Courtesy of Mr James Russell.
    Robert Hurst
    Murzim 330k USS Murzim (AK-95) full crew photo, date and location unknown
    US Coast Guard photo
    US Coast Guard Historians Office
    Murzim 246k USS Murzim (AK-95) partial crew photo, date and location unknown
    US Coast Guard photo
    US Coast Guard Historians Office
    Murzim 230k USS Murzim (AK-95) partial crew photo, date and location unknown
    US Coast Guard photo
    US Coast Guard Historians Office

    USS Murzim (AK-95)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. King, James E.USCGR14 May 1943 - 16 September 1944
    02LCDR. Walton, DeWitt. S.USCG16 September 1944 - 18 July 1945
    03LCDR. DeZeeuw, AdriaanUSCG18 July 1945 - 7 June 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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Murzim AK-95
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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    Last Updated 16 June 2017