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J William Stroup Jr
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Saluting John W. Stroup SN, who served his country proudly aboard the Mount McKinley AGC-7 during the period 51; 52 in 2ND Division.

 
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We all have seen several sunsets at sea. I used to spend allot of time just looking at the sea and I especially would try to see the sunsets daily.

Thanks John W.! 
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Today In History v1.2
For the Month December in History ..

  • 12/07/1960 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - Mount McKinley's third Mediterranean navy cruise from 20 February to 26 August 1959 was marked by seven amphibious exercises involving U.S. and NATO forces. In February 1960, the ship sailed to Valpariso, Chile, via Panama Canal to provide communications support for President Eisenhower's good will visit to Latin America. On 19 April, the AGC deployed to 6th Fleet, returning to Norfolk 7 December. Upon completion of her yard period in the summer of 1961, Mount McKinley made her fifth deployment to the Mediterranean from September to February 1962, acting as flagship for several large-scale amphibious exercises

  • 12/15/1944 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - On 15 December the navy ship participated in the invasion of Mindoro and proceeded to Lingayen Gulf with ComPhibGru 7 aboard to direct shore bombardment and landing at San Narcisco, near Subic Bay on 9 January 1945.

  • 12/16/1907 - Eugene H Farrar is 1st to sing on radio (Bkln Navy Yard NY)

  • 12/22/1775 - Continental navy organized with 7 ships

  • 12/26/1862 - 1st US navy hospital ship enters service

  • 12/27/1943 - The Navy acquired the CYCLONE on 27 December 1943, renamed her the MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC-7), brought her to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where she was outfitted and commissioned on 1 May 1944; Captain W. M. Graham in command.

  • 12/10/1950 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - Directed operations off Hungnam, December 1950, for the amphibious withdrawal. Dunkirk and Hungnam represent the antipodes of the twentieth-century amphibious withdrawal. Dunkirk in May 1940 amounted to a hurried evacuation, executed under great pressure from the Luftwaffe, by a hasty assemblage of British and French naval vessels, augmented by myriad civilian ships and small craft. The British Expeditionary Force left behind most of its heavy equipment and arms, as well as about forty thousand British soldiers (along with many more French). However, the nearly 350,000 troops successfully returned to England, when recovered, rearmed, and reequipped, once again confronted the Germans in North Africa and Europe. Conversely, Hungnam constituted a planned, carefully staged massive redeployment of forces against enemy pressure. Most of General Douglas MacArthur's X Corps ground troops--the 1st Marine Division (Reinforced) and the battered 7th Infantry Division--arrived at and staged off the beach at Hungnam as organized fighting units. In addition, X Corps's 3rd Infantry Division moved by road and amphibious lift from Wonsan to Hungnam before being redeployed south. All these units brought out their fighting equipment and supplies. The Marines brought their wounded (many others had already been evacuated by air) and virtually all of their dead down the gauntlet from the Chosen Reservoir. The Navy immediately treated the wounded and provided the troops with showers and warm food on board ship. (8) The Navy also lifted the Republic of Korea (ROK) I Corps from Songjin to Hungnam, where it was reembarked and lifted to Bokuko Ko. When the U.S. Navy closed out Hungnam on 24 December 1950, it destroyed all facilities, leaving behind nothing for advancing enemy forces. The Navy also redeployed United Nations (UN) forces from Chinnampo and Inchon on the west coast. Thus, during December 1950, the U.S. Navy conducted five nearly simultaneous amphibious redeployments from both coasts of Korea. The total evolution was remarkably well organized and executed; not a single life was lost to enemy action, and material losses were light.

  • 12/31/1978 - CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy

Famous Birthdays December ..

  • 12/09/1910 - Stephen Jurika Jr, US pilot/capt (WW II, Santa Cruz, Navy Cross)
  • 12/11/1797 - Hiram Paulding, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1878
  • 12/15/1933 - Tim Conway, Willoughby Oh, comic (McHale's Navy, Carol Burnett Show)
  • 12/15/1954 - Mike Ratledge, author (2DAY & NEWDAY)/ratledgm@spawar.navy.mil
  • 12/18/1826 - Mercer Brooke John, (Confederate Navy), died in 1906
  • 12/20/1808 - Thomas Tinsley Craven, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1887
  • 12/23/1808 - Thomas Turner, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1883
  • 12/25/1808 - Stephen Cleeg Rowan, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1890
  • 12/29/1908 - Claire Dodd, AR, actress (Ex-Lady, In the Navy)

Famous Deaths for December ..

  • 12/27/1952 - Henri G Winkelman, Dutch supreme commander army/navy 1940, dies at 76



 
 
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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

Our Ship
 
 

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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This revised online application now features a chat function which will allow Veterans to receive live assistance while they are filling out the form. Additional enhancements to the process include simplification of questions relating to military service in Southeast Asia during the Gulf and in the Vietnam wars. Several additional minor enhancements make the application easier and faster for Veterans to complete.

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Veterans may also contact VA at 1 (877) 222-8387 (VETS), visit the VA health eligibility Web site at http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility or apply for health care benefits at any VA medical center at http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp with the help of a VA health care eligibility specialist.

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