Saluting Lou Masella SS3, who served his country proudly aboard the USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 during the period 45; 46; 47; 48; 49 in BARBER Division.
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I had not seen Dedo since I was discharged in 1957. We got together again after 42 years. He wasn't old enough to grow a beard in 57.
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For the Month March in History ..
03/03/1883 - Congress authorizes the 1st steel vessels in US navy
03/03/1899 - George Dewey becomes 1st in US with rank of Admiral of the Navy
03/06/1952 - The Navy's 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.
03/08/1965 - The Navy's USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - Landed the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade at Danang on March 8th of 1965. First assault landing in southeast Asia.
03/07/1994 - US Navy issues 1st permanent order assigning women on combat ship
03/08/1915 - 1st US navy minelayer, Baltimore, commissioned
03/08/1945 - Phyllis M Daley is 1st black nurse sworn-in as US Navy ensign
03/09/1798 - Dr George Balfour becomes 1st naval surgeon in the US navy
03/15/1930 - 1st streamlined submarine of US navy, USS Nautilus, launched
03/15/1947 - John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in US Navy
03/15/1966 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - The navy command ship sailed again from San Diego 15 March, 1966 arriving Subic Bay 17 April via Pearl Harbor. Based there, the ship visited ports in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Okinawa, acting as flagship of ComPhibGru 1.
03/17/1958 - Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
03/20/1922 - USS Langley is commissioned, Navy's 1st aircraft Carrier
03/21/1917 - 1st female US Navy Petty Officer is Loretta Walsh
03/21/1945 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - On 21 March 1945, with ComPhibGru 7 aboard, Mount McKinley proceeded to Kerama Retto off the southern coast of Okinawa. Six days prior to the last major assault of the war, AGC-7 directed the landing of the 77th Infantry Division. For the next 58 days the navy ship underwent continuous air combat conditions, her crew going to General Quarters 147 times, but, despite this constant strain and lack of sleep, the ship functioned at full efficiency. On 22 May, she sailed for Saipan, thence to Pearl Harbor and San Francisco, arriving in CONUS 23 June. In overhaul for 2 months, she deployed 20 August arriving Sasebo, Japan on 23 September, she participated in landing occupation troops there and at Kure. Returning to the United States 12 February 1946, she sailed in the early summer for Bikini Atoll where she was flagship for Operation "Cross Roads." Following the atomic bomb test in July, the ship operated out of San Diego for the next 18 months.
03/21/1991 - 27 lost at sea when 2 US Navy anti-submarine planes collide
03/23/1945 - Largest operation in Pacific war, 1,500 US Navy ships bomb Okinawa
03/27/1794 - US Navy forms
03/31/1958 - US Navy forms atomic sub division
Famous Birthdays March ..
03/10/1809 - William David Porter, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1864
03/10/1922 - Pamela Mason, London, actress (Navy vs Night Monsters)
03/12/1818 - John Lorimar Worden, Capt (Union Navy), died in 1897
03/30/1790 - Joseph Smith, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1877
Famous Deaths for March ..
There are no deaths matching "navy" in the archives for the month March
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
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