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Today In History v1.2
For the Month September in History ..

  • 09/02/1961 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - Mount McKinley's third Mediterranean navy cruise from 20 February to 26 August 1959 was marked by seven amphibious exercises involving U.S. and NATO forces. In February 1960, the ship sailed to Valpariso, Chile, via Panama Canal to provide communications support for President Eisenhower's good will visit to Latin America. On 19 April, the AGC deployed to 6th Fleet, returning to Norfolk 7 December. Upon completion of her yard period in the summer of 1961, Mount McKinley made her fifth deployment to the Mediterranean from September to February 1962, acting as flagship for several large-scale amphibious exercises

  • 09/03/1912 - World's 1st cannery opens in England to supply food to the navy

  • 09/11/1814 - Battle of Lake Champlain, NY; American Navy defeats British

  • 09/11/2001 - September 11: Attack on America - Chronology of terror -

    8:45 a.m. (all times are EDT): A hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it afire. Plane hits WTC.

    9:03 a.m.: A second hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston, crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes. Both buildings are burning.

    9:17 a.m.: The Federal Aviation Administration shuts down all New York City area airports.

    9:21 a.m.: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey orders all bridges and tunnels in the New York area closed.

    9:30 a.m.: President Bush, speaking in Sarasota, Florida, says the country has suffered an "apparent terrorist attack."

    9:40 a.m.: The FAA halts all flight operations at U.S. airports, the first time in U.S. history that air traffic nationwide has been halted.

    9:43 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon, sending up a huge plume of smoke. Evacuation begins immediately.

    9:45 a.m.: The White House evacuates.

    9:57 a.m.: Bush departs from Florida.

    10:05 a.m.: The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses, plummeting into the streets below. A massive cloud of dust and debris forms and slowly drifts away from the building. Pentagon burns.

    10:08 a.m.: Secret Service agents armed with automatic rifles are deployed into Lafayette Park across from the White House.

    10:10 a.m.: A portion of the Pentagon collapses.

    10:10 a.m.: United Airlines Flight 93, also hijacked, crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh.

    10:13 a.m.: The United Nations building evacuates, including 4,700 people from the headquarters building and 7,000 total from UNICEF and U.N. development programs.

    10:22 a.m.: In Washington, the State and Justice departments are evacuated, along with the World Bank.

    10:24 a.m.: The FAA reports that all inbound transatlantic aircraft flying into the United States are being diverted to Canada.

    10:28 a.m.: The World Trade Center's north tower collapses from the top down as if it were being peeled apart, releasing a tremendous cloud of debris and smoke.

    10:45 a.m.: All federal office buildings in Washington are evacuated.

    10.46 a.m.: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell cuts short his trip to Latin America to return to the United States. First tower falls.

    10.48 a.m.: Police confirm the plane crash in Pennsylvania.

    10:53 a.m.: New York's primary elections, scheduled for Tuesday, are postponed.

    10:54 a.m.: Israel evacuates all diplomatic missions.

    10:57 a.m.: New York Gov. George Pataki says all state government offices are closed.

    11:02 a.m.: New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani urges New Yorkers to stay at home and orders an evacuation of the area south of Canal Street.

    11:16 a.m.: CNN reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing emergency-response teams in a precautionary move.

    11:18 a.m.: American Airlines reports it has lost two aircraft. American Flight 11, a Boeing 767 flying from Boston to Los Angeles, had 81 passengers and 11 crew aboard. Flight 77, a Boeing 757 en route from Washington's Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles, had 58 passengers and six crew members aboard. Flight 11 slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.

    11:26 a.m.: United Airlines reports that United Flight 93, en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, California, has crashed in Pennsylvania. The airline also says that it is "deeply concerned" about United Flight 175.

    11:59 a.m.: United Airlines confirms that Flight 175, from Boston to Los Angeles, has crashed with 56 passengers and nine crew members aboard. It hit the World Trade Center's south tower.

    12:04 p.m.: Los Angeles International Airport, the destination of three of the crashed airplanes, is evacuated.

    12:15 p.m: San Francisco International Airport is evacuated and shut down. The airport was the destination of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania. Second tower falls.

    12:15 p.m.: The Immigration and Naturalization Service says U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are on the highest state of alert, but no decision has been made about closing borders.

    12:30 p.m.: The FAA says 50 flights are in U.S. airspace, but none are reporting any problems.

    1:04 p.m.: Bush, speaking from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, says that all appropriate security measures are being taken, including putting the U.S. military on high alert worldwide. He asks for prayers for those killed or wounded in the attacks and says, "Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts."

    1:27 p.m.: A state of emergency is declared by the city of Washington.

    1:44 p.m.: The Pentagon says five warships and two aircraft carriers will leave the U.S. Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia, to protect the East Coast from further attack and to reduce the number of ships in port. The two navy carriers, the USS George Washington and the USS John F. Kennedy, are headed for the New York coast. The other ships headed to sea are frigates and guided missile destroyers capable of shooting down aircraft.

    1:48 p.m.: Bush leaves Barksdale Air Force Base aboard Air Force One and flies to an Air Force base in Nebraska.

  • 09/15/1944 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - After a brief shakedown cruise, she departed Norfolk on 8 June 1944 for Hawaii, arriving Pearl Harbor navy base 27 June. The new AGC got underway 20 July for the Palan Islands with ComPhibGru 5 embarked. She arrived off Peleliu 15 September with ComPhibGru 5 directing the landing of the lst Marine Division. She moved to nearby Ngesebus Island on 28 September to provide shore bombardment coordination.

  • 09/20/1956 - 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.

  • 09/23/1945 - 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.

  • 09/25/1861 - Secretary of US Navy authorizes enlistment of slaves

  • 09/27/1943 - The U.S.S. Mount McKinley AGC-7, a navy 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.

  • 09/28/1850 - US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment

  • 09/28/1944 - USS Mt McKinley AGC-7 - After a brief shakedown cruise, she departed Norfolk on 8 June 1944 for Hawaii, arriving Pearl Harbor navy base 27 June. The new AGC got underway 20 July for the Palan Islands with ComPhibGru 5 embarked. She arrived off Peleliu 15 September with ComPhibGru 5 directing the landing of the lst Marine Division. She moved to nearby Ngesebus Island on 28 September to provide shore bombardment coordination.

  • 09/30/1924 - Allies stop checking on German navy

  • 09/30/1954 - Nautilus, 1st atomic-powered vessel (sub), commissioned by the Navy

Famous Birthdays September ..

  • 09/09/1809 - William Radford, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1890
  • 09/12/1806 - Andrew Hull Foote, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1863
  • 09/17/1800 - Franklin Buchanan, Admiral (Confederate Navy), died in 1874
  • 09/19/1800 - William Wister McKean, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1865
  • 09/22/1796 - Ret Cornelius Kinchiloe Stribling, Comm (Union Navy), died in 1880
  • 09/25/1852 - Cornelis J Snijders, supreme commander of Dutch Navy (1910-18)
  • 09/27/1803 - Samuel Francis DuPont, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1865
  • 09/27/1809 - Raphael Semmes, Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), died in 1877
  • 09/27/1922 - Carl Ballantine, actor (McHale's Navy)
  • 09/29/1915 - Ann Nagel, Boston MA, actress (Don Winslow of the Navy)

Famous Deaths for September ..

  • 09/05/1683 - Jean-Baptiste Colbert, French Minister of Navy, dies at 64

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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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