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Saluting David Miller RM3, who served his country proudly aboard the USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 during the period 62; 63; 64; 65 in CR Division.

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Today In History v1.2
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 Mga-Mouris 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

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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.....


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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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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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USS Mt McKinley Association would like to introduce you to the Honor Flight Network. Honor Flight Network recognizes American veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by inviting you to fly to Washington, DC to see YOUR memorial at no cost. Top priority (for which we are currently accepting application only) is given to WW II and terminally ill veterans from all wars. Honor Flight will be expanded to include Korean and Vietnam veterans. For Honor Flight to achieve this goal, guardians fly with the veterans on every flight providing assistance and helping veterans have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience. For what you and your comrades have given to us, please consider this a small token of appreciation from all of us. For further information, please Download and mail the Honor Flight Veteran Application Here.

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