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USS Lehigh (AK-192)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Oscar - Charlie

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 June 1944, as MV Coastal Expounder, a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2123, at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 25 November 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 30 July 1945
  • Commissioned USS Lehigh (AK-192), 13 September 1945, at New Orleans, LA., LT. George Kotnick, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 6 November 1945, and transferred to the War Shipping Administration at Galveston, TX. the same day for disposal, name reverted to MV Coastal Expounder
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Merchant Service
    GAA agreement to T.J. Stevenson & Co., 6 November 1945
    Chartered to New York and Cuba Mail SS Co., 18 July 1946
    GAA agreement to Agwilines Inc, 7 November 1946
    Custody transferred to Lloyd Brasileiro, Patrimonio Nicional, 15 February 1947
    Sold to Lloyd Brasileiro, Patrimonio Nicional, 7 March 1947, for $693,862.00, renamed SS Rio Solimoes, reflagged Brazil
  • Final Disposition, fate known
    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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    38k USS Lehigh (AK-192) underway, date and location unknown.
    Bowling Green University - Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    John Spivey

    USS Lehigh (AK-192)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kotnick, George, USNR 13 September 1945 - 6 November 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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