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USS Chicot (AK-170)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Golf - Zulu

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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2143) at Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
  • Launched, 16 July 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 13 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Chicot (AK-170), 4 April 1945, LCDR. Lawrence F. Marshall, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Chicot was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II and during the Korean War USS Chicot performed Occupation duty in the Far East for the following periods;

    Navy Occupation Service
    Occupation Service Dates
    10 to 25 November 1945
    25 January to 8 February 1946
    18 August to 7 September 1950
    1 to 25 January 1951
  • Decommissioned, 18 July 1946, at Seattle, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 2 August 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 19 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Group
  • Reacquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 14 May 1947
  • Recommissioned, 23 June 1947
  • Decommissioned, 24 July 1951, at Guam and transferred to the Department of Interior
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 January 1952
  • Sold, 19 September 1960, to James and Guerrero Co., Inc., Agana, Guam,
  • Reflagged Panamanian, renamed MV San Luis
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Panama in 1972
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    refrigerated 9,830 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 TSM6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    USS Chicot (AK-170)
    949k USS Chicot (AK-170) entering San Francisco Bay circa 1945. Note the civiliam cars on the main deck.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Chicot 186k USS Chicot (AK-170) loads 12 turkeys at Pearl Harbor, prior to departing for Wailuku, Maui, to pick up 144 head of cattle, 1 February 1949. "This is the first step in the Naval government's long range plan to revitalize the island's livestock." Probably refers to Saipan or Guam.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-498613 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Chicot 48k USS Chicot (AK-170) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Encyclopedia of Arkansas
    John Spivey
    US Department of Interior
    111k MV Chicot drydocked while in service with the U.S. Trust Territories, Department of the Interior, 1947-1960
    John Spivey

    USS Chicot (AK-170)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Marshall, Lawrence Francis, USNR4 April 1945 - December 1945
    02LCDR. Kirchhoff, Herbert H., USNRDecember 1945 - April 1946
    03LCDR. Studley Jr., William Burns, USNRApril 1946 - 18 July 1946
     Decommissioned18 July 1946 - 23 June 1947
    04LCDR. Ward, Rudolph Lee, USN23 June 1947 - ?
    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
    USS Chicot (AK-170) War Diary April to August 1945
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