Saluting Walt Kupson EN3, who served his country proudly aboard the USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 during the period 62; 63; 64; 65; 66 in A Division.
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Getting a bit of fresh air. Photo taken by John Stroup
For the Month July in History ..
07/03/1898 - US Navy defeats Spanish fleet in Santiago harbor, Cuba
07/03/1940 - British Royal Navy sinks French fleet in North Africa
07/04/1988 - US navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
07/07/1948 - 6 female reservists become 1st women sworn into regular US Navy
07/09/1853 - Adm Perry & US Navy visit Japan
07/10/1945 - Lt-adm Marc Mitscher named chief of US Navy staff
07/15/1869 - Margarine is patents by Hippolye M‚ga-MouriŠs for use by French Navy
07/16/1862 - David G Farragut is 1st rear admiral in US Navy
07/23/1947 - 1st (US Navy) air squadron of jets, Quonset Point, RI
07/24/1986 - SF Federal jury convicts navy radioman Jerry Whitworth of espionage
07/25/1866 - David Faragut appointed as 1st admiral of US Navy
07/25/1947 - US Air Force, Navy & War Dept form US Dept of Defense
07/26/1914 - British Min of Navy Winston Churchill orders British fleet to remain
07/28/1914 - Minister of Navy W Churchill routes British fleet to Scapa Flow
07/30/1942 - FDR signs bill creating women's Navy auxiliary agency (WAVES)
07/30/1954 - 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.
07/31/1943 - The navy ship U.S.S. Mount McKinley AGC-7, an amphibious force flagship, was laid down as CYCLONE, a transport, 31 July 1943 by North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C.; launched 27 September 1943.
Famous Birthdays July ..
07/01/1802 - Gideon Welles, Secy Navy (Union), died in 1878
07/05/1801 - David Glasgow Farragut, Tenn, Vice Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1870
07/09/1906 - Walter Sande, Denver CO, actor (Navy vs Night Monsters)
07/11/1811 - Joseph Lanman, Comm (Union Navy), died in 1874
07/15/1798 - Charles H Bell, Comm (Union Navy), died in 1875
07/26/1801 - John Drake Sloat, Ret Major General Comm (Union Navy), died in 1867
07/28/1778 - Charles Stewart, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1869
Famous Deaths for July ..
07/19/1974 - Joe Flynn, actor (McHale's Navy), dies at 59
This is a message I received several years ago from one of our members concerning the fate of the McKinley.
"Subj: Â Re: Mt McKinley Â Â Date: Â 09/04/2002 7:13:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time From: Â (withheld) To: Bill Ellis Â Sent via email Â Â Â Â Bill:
I'm sorry I took so long to get back to you. Â My point of contact was out of town on vacation. Â 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
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