Saluting Cliff Szczech FN, who served his country proudly aboard the USS Taconic AGC-17 during the period 48; 49; 50; 51; 52 in M Division.
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Reunion 2001 - Walt Kuecks and Ed Basham pause to smell the flowers while on a Cleveland City Tour. The bus, known as Lolly didn't seem to have any shock absorbers so this break to tour a garden spot was well received by all on the tour.
Picture contributed by Walt
For the Month January in History ..
01/01/1944 - Army defeats Navy 10-7 in football "Arab Bowl," Oran, North Africa
01/01/1956 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - After a yard overhaul in the summer of 1955, the navy amphibious flagship returned to WesPac in January 1956 for a 3 month period. In April, she was press observer ship for further nuclear tests.. On 3 June she returned to San Diego and was detached from the Pacific Fleet 1 September. She arrived Norfolk 20 September via Panama Canal.
01/06/1942 - Bob Feller, enlists in Navy & reports for duty to Norfolk Virginia
01/09/1945 - 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.
01/01/1951 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - When Red Chinese troops entered the war, and American troops were pushed back to the Hungman beachhead, Mount McKinley assisted in the evacuationby the navy. In late January 1951, she assisted in the transfer of thousands of Korean refugees to Cheja Island.
01/09/1957 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - January 9th 1957, AGC-7 deployed to the Mediterranean. While in the Eastern Mediterranean, the navy ship rescued the crew of a burning Greek fishing vessel, extinguished the fire, and towed the damaged vessel into port. After conducting NATO and fleet exercises in the Mediterranean, she returned to Norfolk 19 June. September and early October were spent in NATO exercises in the eastern Atlantic.
01/15/1962 - Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
01/26/1984 - US navy exhibits Piasecki helistat-4 helicopters & a blimp able to lift 26 tons-Lakehurst, NJ
01/30/1862 - US Navy's 1st ironclad warship (Monitor) launched
01/30/1953 - 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.
Famous Birthdays January ..
01/16/1807 - Charles Henry Davis, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1877
01/27/1900 - Hyman G Rickover, US Admiral (father of modern nuclear navy)
01/31/1812 - John Randolph Tucker, Capt (Confederate Navy), died in 1883
Famous Deaths for January ..
01/06/1994 - "Iron" Adriaan van Es, Dutch undersec of Navy (1963-72), dies at 80
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
WASHINGTON – Veterans will find it easier and faster to apply for their health care benefits now that the Department of Veterans Affairs has enhanced and streamlined its online Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits.
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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