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USS Storm King (AP-171)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Storm King Class Class Transport::
  • Laid down, 20 July 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1346), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 17 September 1943
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 3 December 1943, at Wilmington, N.C.
  • Placed in reduced commission, 4 December 1943, for transit to her fitting out yard, t Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Converted to a Naval Transport at Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned in full USS Storm King (AP-171), 10 February 1944, CAPT. Harold D. Krick in command
  • During WWII USS Storm King was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 24 June 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 15 to 27 September 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 10 to 17 March 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 22 October 1944

  • Decommissioned and delivered to the Maritime Commission, 2 August 1946, for disposal at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • USS Storm King earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for commercial service by the Maritime Commission, 30 July 1947, to Grace Line Inc
    Renamed SS Santa Cruz, 3 September 1947
    Purchased by Gulf & South America SS Co. Inc., 22 December 1947, renamed SS Gulf Farmer
    Purchased by Battery Steamship Corp., 1 June 1964, renamed SS Ranger
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 June 1970, to Chou's Iron & Steel Ltd. for scrapping in Taiwan

    Displacement 4,600 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 23'
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 250
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 66
    Enlisted 1,513
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 3,000 DWT
    non-refrigerated 100,000 Cu. ft.
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 8,650 Bbls
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Storm King (AP-171)
    Storm King 72k USS Storm King (AP-171) near the Norfolk Navy Yard, 3 April 1944. This ship can easily be distinguished from her sister by the radar mast forward of the stack, the lookout station on top of the foremast, the two separate kingposts in the bow, and the lack of any Welin davits for landing craft.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-64628 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Storm King
    736k USS Storm King (AP-171) under way off Norfolk, VA., 5 April 1944, wearing camouflage Measure 32/1f. The colors are dull black, ocean gray and light gray. Although not fitted as an APA, Storm King could carry enough landing craft to be used as an APA.
    US National Archives, Photo No.'s 80-G-224684 and 80-G-224605, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, (
    Mike Green
    Storm King
    Storm King 103k USS Storm King (AP-171) in San Francisco Bay at the conclusion of a Magic Carpet voyage between October 1945 and July 1946. The ship appears to have lost her armament, suggesting that the photo was taken in 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 96685, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Storm King 399k USS Storm King (AP-171) bronze plaque presented to crew member Richard W. Pumphrey. Russell C. Zaccari
    Merchant Service Gulf and South American SS Co. Battery SS Co.
    Storm King 88k Ex-USS Storm King (AP-171) in merchant service as SS Gulf Farmer (Gulf & South America SS Co. Inc.) berthed at Galveston, TX, early 1960s. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Storm King 382k Gulf & South America SS Co. Inc.'s SS Gulf Farmer berthed at New Orleans LA., circa 1950s.
    Photo copyrighted by A. Duncan
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Storm King
    260k Battery Steamship Corp's SS Ranger underway, circa 1964, location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Storm King 62k Ex-USS Storm King (AP-171) in merchant service as Battery Steamship Corp's SS Ranger working cargo during a severe snow storm at Bremerhaven, Germany, February 1966. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Storm King 415k Battery Steamship Corp's SS Ranger working cargo during an increasingly severe snow storm at Bremerhaven, Germany, February 1966. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Storm King (AP-171)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Krick Sr., Harold David, USN (USNA 1923)10 February 1944 - 25 July 1944
    02CDR. Hansen, Harry James, USN :RADM25 July 1944 - 2 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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