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USS Poinsett (AK-205)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - November - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 6 November 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2159), at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched, 22 May 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 22 January 1945
  • Commissioned, USS Poinsett (AK-205), 7 February 1945, at Houston, TX., LCDR. Robert M. Baughman, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Poinsett was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Borneo operations
    Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 7 July 1945

  • Decommissioned, 25 January 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration at Lee Hall, VA., 29 January 1946, for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • USS Poinsett earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission, 25 February 1947, to Bergenske Dampakibaselskab (Bergen Line) for $693,862.00, at Baltimore, MD. renamed SS Carina reflagged Norway
    Resold to the Government of South Korea, renamed SS Masan, reflagged South Korea
    Final Disposition, scrapped in South Korean in 1979

    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non refrigerated 177,515 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 TSM6 Diesel engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp

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    USS Poinsett (AK-205)
    Poinsett 92k Poinsett (AK-205) probably running builder's trials in the Great Lakes circa September, 1944. Her armament has not yet been installed, although she has her wartime life rafts.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown courtesy and
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 86707, courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1978
    Mike Green
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    NH 86706
    Poinsett 233k Poinsett (AK-205) probably running builder's trials in the Great Lakes circa September, 1944. Her armament has not yet been installed, although she has her wartime life rafts. Julia Crosgrovve, courtesy Door County Maritime Museum.
    Merchant Service
    Poinsett 65k Ex-Poinsett (AK-205) in merchant service as the South Korean flagged SS Masan in the Malacca Strait, date unknown.
    Photo ©Airfoto Malacca
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Poinsett (AK-205)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Baughman, Robert Martin, USNR7 February 1945 - 25 January 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 Poinsett (AK-205) War Diary, July 1945 to December 1945 and History
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