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USS Kenosha (AK-190)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - November - Whiskey

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in May 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2121) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 25 August 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy 1 August 1945
  • Commissioned USS Kenosha (AK-190), 7 September 1945, LT. Sandrup Bernsen, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 16 April 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Stuck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Merchant History
    Sold by the Maritime Commission to a Norwegian shipping company in 1947, renamed MV Rio Dale,
    1958 MV Torian
    1963 MV Lars Viking
    1965 MV Neptune V
    1967 Converted to an offshore drilling ship and renamed Arabdrill 2
  • Final Disposition, last reported in Lloyds 1977, fate after that 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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    AK-190 60k Ex-USS Kenosha (AK-190) at anchor while in merchant service as MV Lars Viking, circa 1963-65, location unknown. David Nixon

    USS Kenosha (AK-190)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bernsen, Sandrup, USNR7 September 1945 - 16 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 Kenosha (AK-190) History and War Diary September to December 1945
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