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USNS Muskingum (T-AK-198)
USAT V-208 (1946 - 1950)
USS Muskingum (AK-198) (1945 - 1946)

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

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1)

USS Muskingum (AK-198) was turned over to the US Army after WWII and returned to the Navy for operations under MSTS control in 1950
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 January 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2152), at Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 30 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Muskingum (AK-198), 24 April 1945, at Houston, TX., LT. Milford H. Bryant, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Muskingum was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Muskingum was assigned to Occupation service from 5 January to 7 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 7 March 1946, at Yokohama, Japan
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration for transfer to the US Army
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Designated by the US Army V-208 and operated by a Japanese crew under the control of the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, Japan
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 1 July 1950
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Muskingum (T-AK-198)
  • During the Vietnam War USNS Muskingum participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1973
  • USNS Muskingum earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
  • Transferred. loaned, to the Department of the Interior, Trust Territory Pacific, 1 April 1982
  • Title transferred to the Republic of Palau, 7 April 1982
  • 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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    Muskingum 60k USNS Muskingum (T-AK-198) pierside while conducting cargo operations at Qui Nhon, South Vietnam, June 1971. Photo by Richard Nabuda, Second Electrician USNS Muskingum
    Muskingum 85k
    Muskingum 178k

    USS Muskingum (AK-198) / (T-AK-198)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bryant, Milford Herman, USNR24 April 1945 - 7 March 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 Muskingum (AK-198) War Diary, April 1945 to October 1945

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