Here It Comes! Days Until the Norfolk, Virginia Reunion!
Ship's Company Annual Reunion - Norfolk, Virginia. Scheduled 09-14-2016 thru 09-18-2016. The US Navy Capital of the World!
Jump for joy! Tell your friends! Scream it from the rooftops! That's a tour bus you see floating around.... This is the Big One! The one we have all been waiting for.
Along with San Diego, Ca., Norfolk was one of the two home ports of the USS Mt McKinley. Don't miss this opportunity to see the sights and sounds of the area that exudes Navy, Navy, Navy! Start humming Anchors Away and iron that old uniform if you can still fit into it.
Location: Holiday Inn Airport, Norfolk, Va., 1570 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA 23502
Important! Make sure you tell the Holiday Inn you are with the asssociation when you register.
Members are also invited to download the latest edition of our Masthead here which you can watch for more details.
This is a video taken by John T Darmiento RM2 on the Mac back in 1957 during a med cruise. They also went to England. To quote John "USS Mt McKinley AGC 7 Med cruise 1957 Poor Quality but I didn't see anyone else taking pictures or movies. The transfer from 8mm to video and then camera caused a lot of loss but the memories are still there John Darmiento RM2"......... Thanks John.
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On This Day - August 25, 1964 - In Mt McKinley History
USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - She sailed from San Diego 25 August, 1964 arriving Luzon 16 September. She relieved Eldorado at Subic Bay a week later, becoming flagship of the 7th Fleet, Amphibious Strike Force. Taking station in South China Sea, with other elements of Amphibious Group 1, AGC-7 stood prepared for any contingency.
For the Month August in History ..
08/03/1951 - 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.
08/17/1796 - English beat Bataafs navy in Saldanha Bay
08/18/1954 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - Mount McKinley sailed from Yokosuka and entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard 3 August 1951 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. AGC-7 sailed again, 27 October 1953, for her third tour of duty in the Korean war area, arriving Yokosuka 16 November. From then until her departure for the States 30 July 1954, she was involved in fleet and amphibious exercises off Japan, Korea, and Taiwan returning to the States on 18 August.
08/19/1981 - 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
08/23/1942 - Walter Johnson pitches to Babe Ruth in pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for NY-Wash game (raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief
08/24/1945 - Cleveland ace Bob Feller returns from Navy & strike out 12
08/28/1986 - US Navy officer Jerry A Whitworth sentenced to 365 years for spying
Famous Birthdays August ..
08/07/1956 - Kent V Rominger, Del Norte Colo, US Navy /astronaut (STS 73, 80, 85)
08/08/1812 - John Rodgers II, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1882
08/11/1811 - Judah P Benjamin, US lawyer/minister of Confederacy navy [or Aug 6]
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
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.....
Attention on Deck for the Captains - Hand Salute
Attention on Deck for the Captains! - Hand Salute!
Graham, William M. (NG)
1 May 1944 - 20 January 1945
Gamet, Wayne Neal :RADM
20 January 1945 - 9 August 1946
Riddle, Frederick Leavenworth
9 August1946 - 2 June 1947
Ware, William Lynch
2 June 1947 - 16 October 1948
Sugnet, Lee Ferrand
16 October 1948 - 17 December 1949
Printup, Carter Alston
17 December 1949 - 18 July 1951
Chappell, Lucius Henry
18 July 1951 - 26 January 1952
Beasley, Charles Black :RADM
26 January 1952 - 25 July 1952
Norgaard, Rollo Niel :RADM
25 July 1952 - 7 April 1953
Hardin, James Thomas
7 April 1953 - 1 April 1954
1 April 1954 - 25 November 1955
Renken, Henry Algernon :RADM
25 November 1955 - 28 September 1956
Fleck, Thomas Martin
28 September 1956 - 30 October 1957
Blouin, Francis Joseph :VADM
30 October 1957 - 30 December 1958
Pittard, George Franklin :RADM
30 December 1958 - 23 December 1959
Kelly Jr., Monroe
23 December 1959 - 17 November 1960
Lauerman, Henry Conrad
17 November 1960 - 18 January 1962
Schwab Jr., Ernest Louis
18 January 1962 - March 1963
Flynn, Russell Francis
1963 - March 1964
Tuttle Jr., Louis K.
March 1964 - June 1965
Thornhill Jr., Henry Ehrman (Tim)
June 1965 - 17 August 1966
Bowling, Roland Alfred
17 August 1966 - 31 January 1968
Poorman, Herbert R.
31 January 1968 - 1969
Grause, Jerome E.
1969 - 26 March 1970
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
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by The President of The United States, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans.
WWII Vets living or deceased are also eligible to be listed in theWWII Registry
VA Adds Chat Feature to Online Application for Health Benefits
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