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Muscatine

 

A city and county in Iowa named for an Indian word meaning dweller in the prairie.

 

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(AK‑197: dp. 2,382 (lt.); l. 338'6"; b. 50'; dr. 21'1"; s. 11.5 k.; cpl. 85; a. 1 3", 6 20 mm.; cl. Alamosa; T. C1‑M‑AV1)

 

Muscatine (AK‑197) was laid down under Maritime Commission contract as M. C. Hull 2151 by Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wis., 21 December 1943; named Muscatine and classified AK‑197 on 25 February 1944; launched 16 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. William Kennedy; floated down the Mississippi River in November 1944 for completion at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc., Beaumont, Tex.; acquired by the Navy on loan charter from the Maritime Commission 3 April 1945; placed in service from 3 April to 4 April during transfer to Houston, Tex., for fitting out at Brown Shipbuilding Co.; and commissioned at Houston 19 April 1945, Lt. W. F. Heyer in command.

 

After shakedown along the Texas coast, Muscatine loaded a full cargo of “beer, Coca Cola syrup, and a bottling unit” at Gulfport, Miss., before sailing 17 May for the central Pacific. She touched at Eniwetok, Marshalls, 26 June, thence from 2 to 7 July steamed to Guam where she discharged her cargo. Assigned to Service Squadron 8, she departed the Marianas 13 July and spent much of the final month of the Pacific war sailing to the west coast where she arrived San Francisco 2 August. After loading refrigerated and “miscellaneous amphibious fleet issue” cargo, she sailed for the western Pacific the 18th.

 

Muscatine off‑loaded refrigerated stores at Ulithi, Carolines, between 8 and 11 September; thence, from 15 September to 23 October she served as a stores ship in Leyte Gulf, Philippines. On 30 October she reached Sasebo, Japan, where she began duty as a cargo issue ship to support the occupation of the defeated Japanese Empire. She completed her occupation service 7 December and sailed for the United States. Steaming via the Marianas and the Panama Canal, she arrived Norfolk, Va., 6 February 1946. She steamed to Baltimore, Md., 23 to 24 February and decommissioned there 7 March 1946. She was returned to WSA 12 March and her name was struck from the Navy list 20 March.