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USS Codington (AK-173)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - India - Romeo

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) - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS Codington (AK-173) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2146) at Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
  • Launched, 29 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Codington (AK-173), 23 July 1945, at Galveston, TX., LCDR. A. F. Pittman USCG in command
  • During World War II USS Codington was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Codington was assigned to Occupation service from 20 January to 27 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 27 February 1946, at Tokyo, Japan, and transferred to the Maritime Commission
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Chartered to the War Department, 27 February 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Returned to the Maritime Commission, 20 April 1950, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia Group
    Leased by Coastwise Line for Military Sea Transportation Service operations, 21 November 1951
    Returned to the Maritime Administration, 27 October 1955, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
    Leased by Coastwise Line for Military Sea Transportation Service operations, 7 May 1956
    Sold by the Maritime Administration to a South Korean buyer, 27 May 1956, for $693,862, reflagged South Korean, renamed MV Pohang
    Damaged by mine, 11 November 1972 while discharging cargo at Pnom Penh, Cambodia
    Proceeded to Singapore for drydocking
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 1974
    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 Codington (AK-173)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Pittman, Augustus F., USCG23 July 1945 - 27 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
    USS Codington (AK-173) War Diary May to November 1945
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