Return to DANFS IndexImage of an anchorReturn to Naval Historical Center homepage
flag banner
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships banner
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060

Muskingum

 

A county in Ohio.

 

I

 

(AK‑198: dp. 8,370; l. 338'6"; b. 50'; d. 23'; a. 11.5 k.; cpl. 85; a. 1 3"; cl. Alamosa; T. C1‑M‑AV1)

 

Muskingum, a cargo ship, was laid down 26 January 1944; launched by Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wis., 30 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Henry Larson; and commissioned 24 April 1945 at Houston, Tex., Lt. M. H. Bryant in command.

 

After shakedown, she departed Gulfport, Miss., 26 May 1945 with cargo for the Pacific. She arrived at Subic Bay, Philippines, 4 August 1945 via the Panama Canal and Manus, the Admiralties. The next few months were spent in carrying passengers and freight between Philippine ports. She departed Tacloban, Leyte, 24 January 1946, arriving Yokohama 31 January. The ship was decommissioned 7 March 1946 and turned over to the War Shipping Administration for future transfer to the Army Transportation Corps. She was striken from the Navy list 5 June 1946.

 

The cargo ship was designated V‑208 and operated between ports in Japan, Korea, and the Marianas under control of the Japanese Merchant Marine. Overall control was exercised by Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, Japan.

 

Muskitigum was operated by Japanese under jurisdiction of the U.S. Army until 1 July 1950, when she was reinstated on the Navy list for operations under MSTS WesPac. During the Korean war, she carried supplies between Japan and Korea.

 

Since 1951, AK‑198 has been under control of MSTS Far East, operating out of Japan. Besides providing logistical support for U.S. forces in Korea, Muskingum carries supplies to American and Allied forces in South Vietnam.