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On This Day - March 7th, 1965 - In Mt McKinley History

USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - While proceeding to Bangkok, Mount McKinley came to assistance of Herkimer, whose master was severely ill. Herkimer's captain was taken on board for further treatment in Singapore while the MSTS ship sailed on to Saigon. In early March and again in mid-April, the navy flagship coordinated the landing of Marine reinforcements at Da Nang and Hue, South Vietnam. Relieved by Estes at Subic Bay in April, she arrived San Diego 15 May 1965.

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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

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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    

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



Adams, Scarritt

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

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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