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USNS Herkimer (T-AK-188)
USAT Herkimer (1946 - 1950)
USS Herkimer (AK-188) (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Signs,

USS Herkimer (AK-188)
1944 International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Easy - Nan - Nan

USNS Herkimer (T-AK-188)
1950 International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Bravo - Charlie

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 2118), at Walter Butler Shipbuilding, Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 2 July 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 25 June 1945
  • Commissioned USS Herkimer (AK-188), 14 July 1945 at New Orleans, LA., LT. Carlton W. Crocker, Jr., USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Herkimer was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Herkimer was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 October 1945 to 1 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 1 February 1946 at Yokosuka, Japan and turned over to the US Army to be operated in Japan
  • Commissioned by the US Army USAT Herkimer, operated by a Japanese merchant crew for the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Decommissioned by the US Army, reacquired by the Navy, and placed in service with MSTS as USNS Herkimer (T-AK-188), 1 July 1950
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 15 July 1973
  • Transferred, loaned, to the Department of Interior for use in the Trust Territories of the Pacific, 15 July 1973
  • Permanent transfer to the Department of Interior for use in the Trust Territories of the Pacific, 31 April 1982
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 388' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 12 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 61
    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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    USNS Herkimer (T-AK-188)
    Herkimer 36k USNS Herkimer (T-AK-188), in the Trust Territories of the Pacific, 1955 University of Hawaii Image Library (reel 3449-01)
    Herkimer 60k USNS Herkimer (T-AK-188), off Nha Be, RVN, November 1971 © Richard Leonhardt
    Department of Interior
    Herkimer 56k Ex-USS Herkimer, in the service of the Department of Interior, moored at Busan, South Korea, 1973. University of Hawaii Image Library (reel 3448-01)

    USS Herkimer (AK-188) / USNS Herkimer (T-AK-188)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Crocker Jr., Carlton W., USNR14 July 1945 - 1 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 Herkimer (AK-188) War Diary July to November 1945 and History
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