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USS Antrim (AK-159)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Foxtrot - November

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 - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2104), at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 17 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Antrim (AK-159), 31 October 1944, LT. Glen Martin, USNR, in command
  • During World War II Antrim was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 3 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 6 April 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Sold, 13 January 1947, for $693,862, to Dickman, Wright & Pugh, San Francisco, Ca., agents for buyer. Delivered, 14 February 1947 to Deniz Nakliyati T.A.O., Turkey, reflagged Turkish and renamed SS Kars
    SS Kars with her sister ships MV Malatya [ex-USS Bullock (AK-165)], MV Kastamonu [ex-USS Craighead (AK-175]. and MV Rize [ex-USS Hidalgo (AK-189) provided regular service between Turkey and Northern Europe for approximately 15 years.
    Final Disposition, scrapped in January 1983 at Aliaga, Turkey

    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 8"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    one Nordberg Diesel, TSM 6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    USS Antrim (AK-159)
    Antrim 37k USS Antrim (AK-159) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Wanda Chapman Vestal for her father Leonard Chapman USS Antrim
    Merchant Service
    Antrim 37k Ex-USS Antrim (AK-159) in merchant service as the Turkish flagged MV Kars, underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo ©Alex Duncan (deceased).
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Antrim (AK-159)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Martin, Glen USNR31 October 1944 - 3 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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