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On This Day - June 27th, 1944 - In Mt McKinley History
 

USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - After a brief shakedown cruise, she departed Norfolk on 8 June 1944 for Hawaii, arriving Pearl Harbor navy base 27 June. The new AGC got underway 20 July for the Palan Islands with ComPhibGru 5 embarked. She arrived off Peleliu 15 September with ComPhibGru 5 directing the landing of the lst Marine Division. She moved to nearby Ngesebus Island on 28 September to provide shore bombardment coordination.

 
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For the Month June in History ..

  • 06/01/1813 - Capt John Lawrence utters Navy motto "Don't give up the ship"

  • 06/02/1942 - Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a Navy aviator

  • 06/03/1956 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - After a yard overhaul in the summer of 1955, the navy amphibious flagship returned to WesPac in January 1956 for a 3 month period. In April, she was press observer ship for further nuclear tests.. On 3 June she returned to San Diego and was detached from the Pacific Fleet 1 September. She arrived Norfolk 20 September via Panama Canal.

  • 06/06/1941 - 1st navy vessel constructed as mine layer Terror launched

  • 06/06/1971 - Air West filght 706 collides with Navy Phantom jet over LA, 50 die

  • 06/07/1951 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - On 7 June 1951, Mount McKinley sailed from Yokosuka and entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard 3 August for an extensive overhaul. Mount McKinley departed for WesPac, 6 March 1952, returning to the States 30 January 1953. While in Mare Island Navy Shipyard, a helicopter deck was installed on the fantail.

  • 06/08/1944 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - After a brief shakedown cruise, she departed Norfolk on 8 June 1944 for Hawaii, arriving Pearl Harbor navy base 27 June. The new AGC got underway 20 July for the Palan Islands with ComPhibGru 5 embarked. She arrived off Peleliu 15 September with ComPhibGru 5 directing the landing of the lst Marine Division. She moved to nearby Ngesebus Island on 28 September to provide shore bombardment coordination.

  • 06/12/1900 - German Navy Law calls for massive increase in sea power

  • 06/18/1942 - Bernard W Robinson, becomes 1st black ensign in US Navy

  • 06/19/1941 - US president Roosevelt signs Two Ocean Navy Expansion Act

  • 06/19/1957 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - January 9th 1957, AGC-7 deployed to the Mediterranean. While in the Eastern Mediterranean, the navy ship rescued the crew of a burning Greek fishing vessel, extinguished the fire, and towed the damaged vessel into port. After conducting NATO and fleet exercises in the Mediterranean, she returned to Norfolk 19 June. September and early October were spent in NATO exercises in the eastern Atlantic.

  • 06/26/1950 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - On 20 May 1950, Mount McKinley was underway for WesPac to conduct navy training operations with the 8th Army. On 26 June, when North Korea launched their aggression against the South, the ship proceeded from Japan to direct the landing of American reinforcements at Po Han. In early September 1950, General McArthur was on board, directing the brilliant amphibious assault at Inchon which forced the Communist to scurry north in headlong retreat. The next assault was against the heavily mined port of Wonsan.

  • 06/27/1944 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - After a brief shakedown cruise, she departed Norfolk on 8 June 1944 for Hawaii, arriving Pearl Harbor navy base 27 June. The new AGC got underway 20 July for the Palan Islands with ComPhibGru 5 embarked. She arrived off Peleliu 15 September with ComPhibGru 5 directing the landing of the lst Marine Division. She moved to nearby Ngesebus Island on 28 September to provide shore bombardment coordination.

  • 06/27/1950 - North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

Famous Birthdays June ..

  • 06/08/1813 - David Dixon Porter, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1891
  • 06/11/1807 - James Findlay Schenck, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1882
  • 06/11/1808 - Charles Henry Poor, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1882
  • 06/12/1795 - John Marston Jr, Comm (Union Navy), died in 1885
  • 06/13/1821 - Navy Gustavus Vasa Fox, Asst Secy (Union), died in 1883
  • 06/18/1809 - Sylvanus William Godon, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1879
  • 06/24/1939 - Henry Lawrence Garett III, Miami Fla, Sect of Navy (1989-92)
  • 06/25/1823 - James Dunwody Bulloch, Capt (Confederate Navy), died in 1901

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What Ever Happened to the Mount McKinley?

A note of interest from member Bill Ellis;

This is a message I received several years ago from one of our members
concerning the fate of the McKinley.

"Subj:   Re: Mt McKinley    
Date:   09/04/2002 7:13:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:   (withheld)
To: Bill Ellis  
Sent via email    
   
Bill:

I'm sorry I took so long to get back to you.  My point of contact was out of town on vacation.  My friend referred me to Ken Alt of Naval Ships in Bremerton, Washington. Ken tells me the records reflect the USS Mt. McKinley AGC-7/LCC-7 was sold in 1977 to a Scrap Metal company in Terminal Island, California. Unfortunately the ship has long since been reclaimed for root metal products! Wish I could have been able to tell you she was still alive and kicking and provided a location to view her, but alas.....

Ernie"

 
Attention on Deck for the Captains - Hand Salute

Attention on Deck for the Captains! - Hand Salute!

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CAPT.

Graham, William M. (NG)

1 May 1944 - 20 January 1945

02

CAPT.

Gamet, Wayne Neal :RADM

20 January 1945 - 9 August 1946

03

CAPT.

Riddle, Frederick Leavenworth

9 August1946 - 2 June 1947

04

CAPT.

Ware, William Lynch

2 June 1947 - 16 October 1948

05

CAPT.

Sugnet, Lee Ferrand

16 October 1948 - 17 December 1949

06

CAPT.

Printup, Carter Alston

17 December 1949 - 18 July 1951

07

CAPT.

Chappell, Lucius Henry

18 July 1951 - 26 January 1952

08

CAPT.

Beasley, Charles Black :RADM

26 January 1952 - 25 July 1952

09

CAPT.

Norgaard, Rollo Niel :RADM

25 July 1952 - 7 April 1953

10

CAPT.

Hardin, James Thomas

7 April 1953 - 1 April 1954

11

CAPT.

Adams, Scarritt

1 April 1954 - 25 November 1955

12

CAPT.

Renken, Henry Algernon :RADM

25 November 1955 - 28 September 1956

13

CAPT.

Fleck, Thomas Martin

28 September 1956 - 30 October 1957

14

CAPT.

Blouin, Francis Joseph :VADM

30 October 1957 - 30 December 1958

15

CAPT.

Pittard, George Franklin :RADM

30 December 1958 - 23 December 1959

16

CAPT.

Kelly Jr., Monroe

23 December 1959 - 17 November 1960

17

CAPT.

Lauerman, Henry Conrad

17 November 1960 - 18 January 1962

18

CAPT.

Schwab Jr., Ernest Louis

18 January 1962 - March 1963

19

CAPT.

Flynn, Russell Francis

1963 - March 1964

20

CAPT.

Tuttle Jr., Louis K.

March 1964 - June 1965

21

CAPT.

Thornhill Jr., Henry Ehrman (Tim)

June 1965 - 17 August 1966

22

CAPT.

Bowling, Roland Alfred

17 August 1966 - 31 January 1968

23

CAPT.

Poorman, Herbert R.

31 January 1968 - 1969

24

CAPT.

Grause, Jerome E.

1969 - 26 March 1970

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United States Ship Mount McKinley AGC-7 was the design class of ship that all of the AGC's were designed after. All were named after mountains. To see a complete list of all of the AGC ships related and almost identical to the Mt McKinley, both in looks and mission, just use our drop down menu at the top right of the page and click on 'Links'. Many of the sailors from their crews are members of our association and brothers in that we have so much in common.

What was to become the USS Mount McKinley AGC-7 was laid down, 31 July 1943, as Cyclone, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co. Wilmington, N.C.

Launched, 27 September 1943

Acquired by the Navy, 27 December 1943

Converted at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA., to an Amphibious Force Command Ship (AGC)

Commissioned, USS Mount McKinley (AGC-7), 1 May 1944, CAPT. W. M. Graham in command.

Decommissioned: March 26,1970

Struck: 30 July 1976

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1979

General characteristics Displacement: 12,550 tons

Length: 459 ft 2 in

Beam: 63 ft

Draft: 25 ft

Speed: 15 knots

Complement: 664

Armament: 1 × 5 in (127 mm)/38 cal. gun

8 × 40mm guns (4×2)

 
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