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USS Habersham (AK-186)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - November - Echo
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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2117) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 7 June 1944
  • Completed and delivered to the Maritime Commission, 23 November 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 26 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Habersham (AK-186), 12 May 1945, CDR. Malcolm A. MacPhee, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Habersham was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Habersham was assigned to Occupation service from 15 September to 27 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 9 April 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 11 April 1946, at Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission, 6 February 1947, to Thorden Line, for $693,826, renamed MV Rosa Thorden
    Resold in 1952 to the Korean Shipping Corp, renamed MV Pusan reflagged South Korean
    Renamed MV Sam Dae, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in Korea in 1979
    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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    Habersham 46k Ex-USS Habersham (AK-186) in merchant service as the South Korean flagged M/V Sam Dae in the port of Yokohama, Japan, September 1978. Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Habersham 73k

    USS Habersham (AK-186)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. MacPhee, Malcolm A., USNR12 May 1945 - 9 April 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 Habersham (AK-186) War Diary May to November 1945 and History
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