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USS Galilea (AKN-6)
USS Montauk (LSV-6) (1944 - 1946)

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

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

  • Laid down as Net Layer, Montauk (AN-2), 14 April 1942, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 14 April 1943
  • Reclassified a Transport (AP-161), 2 August 1943
  • Reclassified an Osage Class Landing Ship Vehicle (LSV-6), 21 April 1944
  • Placed in partial Commission, 25 May 1944, for ferrying to her completion yard, Todd Shipyards, Brooklyn, N.Y. for completion as a Landing Ship Vehicle
  • Commissioned in full as USS Montauk (LSV-6), 6 October 1944, CDR. Alfred R. Boileau in command
  • During World War II USS Montauk was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Montauk was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    22 to 29 September 19451 to 6 October 1945
    22 to 25 October 194518 to 29 November 1945

  • Reclassified as a Net Cargo Ship and renamed USS Galilea (AKN-6), 1 October 1946
  • Decommissioned in July 1947 at Charleston. S.C.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Charleston Group
  • USS Montauk earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Custody assigned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in August 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1961
  • Transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet James River, Lee Hall, VA. in 1962,
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 June 1973, to Alberti Equipment Co. Inc. for $123,887.00 (PD-X-960) delivered 27 July 1973
    LSV Specifications:
    Displacement 5,625 t.(lt), 9,040 t.(fl)
    Length 451' 4"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 20'
    Speed 20.3 kts. (trial)
    Officers 114
    Enlisted 450
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 122
    Enlisted 1236
    Boats 19 LVT or 29 DUKW
    three single 5"/38 cal. dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 12,025 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    two General Electric turbines
    four Combustion Engineering 2-drum boilers, 400psi 700°
    four turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 500Kw, 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    USS Montauk (LSV-6)
    Montauk 84k USS Montauk (LSV-6) photographed while underway, 30 May 1944, by a blimp from Houma, LA., departing on her ferry voyage to New York for conversion to an LSV. The ship, completed to essentially her original design, retains her low net layer stern. The boom for her large crane is stowed there as cargo. The net layer design did not include davits for the boats
    U.S. National Archives, RG-80-G, Photo No. 80-G-271295, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Montauk 50k USS Montauk (LSV-6) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    161k USS Montauk (LSV-6) underway off New York soon after completion, 6 October 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31 Design 18L. Rick Davis
    304k USS Montauk (LSV-6) underway off New York soon after completion of her LSV conversion in October 1944.
    Same as US Navy photo # NH 104262 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command .
    Rick Davis
    806k Overhead views of USS Montauk (LSV-6) underway off New York soon after completion of her LSV conversion in October 1944.
    US Navy photos
    Rick Davis
    232k USS Montauk (LSV-6) underway off New York, 12 October 1944, after completion of her LSV conversion. Configuration changes included mounting a pair of twin 40mm guns in place of her No.2 5"/38 mount, and a single 5"/38 mount aft in place of the original twin.
    "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.

    Photos - Rick Davis
    Text - Robert Hurst
    Montauk 54k USS Montauk (LSV-6) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Amphibious Forces World War II web site
    Montauk 79k USS Montauk (LSV-6) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Montauk 33k USS Montauk (LSV-6) at anchor, date and location unknown Russ Padden
    USS Galilea (AKN-6)
    Montauk 88k USS Galilea (AKN-6) at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., 17 February 1947. The yard is preparing the ship for inactivation following cancellation of her conversion to a net cargo ship in December 1946. There is little evidence of the conversion in this photo; most of the alterations were at the stern or inside the ship.
    US Navy photo # NH 104250 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command .
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Montauk 161k USS Galilea (AKN-6), 26 September 1947, moored in reserve at the US Naval Reserve Fleet berthing area Charleston, S.C., following cancellation of her conversion to a Net Cargo Ship. Note the partially completed reconfiguration of her stern, including the openings in the upper deck and relocation of the after twin 40 mm mounts and directors. The destroyer tender alongside is USS Tidewater (AD-31).
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-279294 (RG-80-G), a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Adirondack 53k Visible to the starboard of USS Adirondack (AGC-15) in the James River Reserve Fleet, 27 May 1962 is the stern of USS Galilea (AKN-6) and the bow of USS Libra (AKA-12). The stern of Galilea shows the condition of the ship when her conversion from LSV to AKN was canceled incomplete in December 1946. Libra and a few other early AKAs can be recognized by the heavy central kingposts added to the goalpost masts forward and aft of the bridge.
    US Navy photo # NH 66856 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command . Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection
    Robert Hurst

    USS Montauk (LSV-6) / USS Galilea (AKN-6)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Boileau, Alfred Reno, USN6 October 1944 - 12 February 1945LSV-6
    02CAPT. Shanklin, Elliot West, USN (USNA 1925)12 February 1945 - ?LSV-6
    03LCDR. Bryan Jr., David, USN1 October 1946 - 16 April 1947AKN-6
    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 Montauk LSV-6
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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