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USS Sabik (AK-121)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Bravo - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Crater Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 8 November 1943, as SS William Becknell, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2423) , at Todd-Houston Shipbuilding Corp., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 17 December 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 29 December 1943, placed in reduced commission, LCDR Hans B. Olsen, USNR (Ferry Crew #4) in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 January 1944, New Orleans
  • Converted for Naval service at Todd-Johnson Dry Docks, Inc, New Orleans, LA.
  • Commissioned, USS Sabik (AK-121), 19 April 1944, LCDR. Harry Corman USN (Ret.) in command
  • During WWII USS Sabik was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 19 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, the same day, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., named reverted to SS William Becknell
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 October 1961, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y., removed, 30 October 1961, scrapping completed, 28 February 1962
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.8 kts. (trial)
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 190
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 46
    Enlisted 1018
    Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,520 DWT
    non-refrigerated 272,146 Cu ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    one Iron Fireman vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Sabik 153k USS Sabik (AK-121) working cargo while moored pierside at Tacloban, Leyte, Philippine Islands in October 1944.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # 260168 now in the collections of the US Nation Archives.
    John Chiquoine
    LST-130 150k The stern of USS Sabik (AK-121) is visible forward of USS LST-130 at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 7 September 1945, while a covered lighter and ARD-11 are to the right.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6391-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Sabik 156k Forward plan view of USS Sabik (AK-121) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 14 September 1945. Sabik was at the yard from 24 August to 21 September 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6461-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Sabik 138k Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Sabik (AK-121) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 14 September 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6462-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Sabik 483k USS Sabik (AK-121) moored pierside at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., circa, 14 September 1945.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Sabik 124k USS Sabik (AK-121) underway in San Francisco Bay, 21 September 1945. Note her armament of four single 40mm AA gun mounts and twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts. Sabik has an aft pair of 40mm guns aft of the after pair of 20mm guns. The forward 40mm guns were carried side by side on an enlarged bow gun platform.
    US National Archives Record Group RG-19-LCM photo # 19-N-89593, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Sabik 431k USS Sabik (AK-121) underway in the Mare Island Channel, circa 21 September 1945.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photos.
    Ed Zajkowski
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    USS Sabik (AK-121)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LCDR. Olsen, Hans Bernard, USNR (Ferry Crew #4)29 December 1943 - 31 January 1944
     Decommissioned31 January 1944 - 19 April 1944
    01LCDR. Corman, Harry, USN (Ret) (USNA 1919)19 April 1944 - 1 November 1944
    02LT. Grime Jr., Frank, USNR 1 November 1944 - 1 July 1945
    03LCDR. Ryder, Henry Shorb, USNR1 July 1945 - 19 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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