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USNS Hennepin (T-AK-187)
USAT Hennepin (1946 - 1950)
USS Hennepin (AK-187) (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - November - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2118) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 27 June 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 7 June 1945
  • Commissioned USS Hennepin (AK-187), 3 July 1945, at Galveston, TX., LT. Gavin L. Field, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Hennepin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Hennepin was assigned to Occupation service from 15 December 1945 to 16 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 16 February 1946, at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the US Army for service in Japan
  • Commissioned USAT Hennepin, date unknown
  • Decommissioned by the US Army, re-acquired by the Navy, and placed in service by MSTS as USNS Hennepin (T-AK-187), 1 July 1950
  • During the Korean War USNS Hennepin participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    10 February to 22 April 1952

  • Placed out of service, 16 July 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USNS Hennepin earned one battle star for Korean war service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 27 March 1959
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    Hennepin 364k USNS Hennepin (T-AK-187) working cargo in a South Korean port, circa 1953.
    Photo by LT. Woodward.
    Douglas Price
    42k USNS Hennepin (T-AK-187) working cargo, date and location unknown.
    John Spivey

    USS Hennepin (AK-187) / USNS Hennepin (T-AK-187)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Field, Gavin Lewis, USNR3 July 1945 - 16 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
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Hennepin (AK-187) War Diary July 1945
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