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USS Pontotoc (AVS-7)
USS Pontotoc (AG-94) (1945)
Pontotoc (AK-206) (1944 -1945)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 15 January 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2160), at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Classified AK-206 on 25 February 1944
  • Launched, 2 July 1944
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission on a loan-charter basis 28 February 1945
  • Redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary AG-94 on 12 March 1945
  • Converted to a Gwinnett Class Aviation Stores Issue Ship
  • Commissioned USS Pontotoc (AG-94), 22 March 1945, LCDR. Charles W. Lockard, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Pontotoc was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Redesignated (AVS-7), 25 May 1945
  • Pontotoc reported for duty in July at Guiuan, Samar, Philippine Islands were she provided aviation stores on station though the end of the war
  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Sold for Merchant service in 1947 to the French company, Messageries Maritimes, renamed MV Taurus
  • Resold in 1960 to Morocco, renamed MV Tadjera
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,411t.(lt), 6,240 t.(fl), 7,450 t.(lim)
    Length 338' 8"
    Beam 50' 4"
    Draft 21' 1" (lim)
    Speed 11 kts.
    Officers 9
    Enlisted 96
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel-6,300 Bbls
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM216
    two Diesel-drive Ship's Service Generators, 250Kw, 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 1,700shp

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    56k Pontotoc (AK-206) underway during builders trials in the Great Lakes, circa 1944
    Bowling Green State University, University Libraries, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes.
    John Spivey
    Pontotoc 82k USS Pontotoc (AVS-7) probably photographed at anchor in San Francisco Bay, CA., in 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84654, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Pontotoc (AVS-7)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR, Lockard, Charles William, USNR22 March 1945 - 26 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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