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USS Midland (AK-195)

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

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, 29 July 1944, as MV Coastal Harbinger, a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2126) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 23 December 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 17 August 1945
  • Converted for Naval service at New Orleans Naval Station, New Orleans, LA.
  • Commissioned USS Midland (AK-195), 27 September 1945, LT. Lloyd K. Barry, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 13 November 1945, at New Orleans and transferred to the Maritime Commission the same day for disposal, name reverted to MV Coastal Harbinger
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Merchant Service
    GAA States Marine Corp., 13 November 1945, Galveston, TX.
    Chartered North Atlantic & Gulf SS Co., 26 July 1946
    GAA Dickman Wright & Pugh, 25 January 1948, Norfolk, VA.
    Laid up, 3 February 1948, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
    GAA Dickman Wright & Pugh, 27 April 1948
    Sold, 1 June 1946, to the government of China, without cost, reflagged Republic of China, renamed MV Union Banker
  • Final Disposition, sold to Taiwan shipbreakers, sailed from Singapore Roads, 15 March 1970 and arrived at Kaohsiung prior to 5 May 1970 for scrapping
    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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    55k MV Union Banker (ex-USS Midland (AK-195)), underway, date and location unknown.
    Bowling Green University - Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    John Spivey

    USS Midland (AK-195)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Barry, Lloyd Kevin, USNR27 September 1945 - 13 November 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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