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Muskogee

 

A city in Oklahoma.

 

(PF‑49: dp. 1,430; l. 303'11"; b. 37'6"; dr. 13'9"; a. 20 k.; cpl. 190; a. 3 3", 4 40mm.; cl. Tacoma; T.S2‑S2‑AQ1)

 

Muskogee (PF‑49) was laid down 18 September 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Wilmington, Calif.; launched 18 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. S. B. Hudson, wife of the mayor of Muskogee; and commissioned 16 March 1944, Comdr. Rufus E. Mroczkowski, USCG, in command.

 

After training and exercises off the California coast, Muskogee departed San Pedro, Calif., 18 June 1944 for Noumea, where she arrived 18 July for patrol and escort duty from Noumea and, after its capture, Humboldt Bay, New Guinea. Antisubmarine patrol and screening for ships operating around New Guinea were her primary duties into October. On 18 October she got underway screening the second reinforcement group bound for newly invaded Leyte, arriving in San Pedro Bay 24 October to screen transports and supply ships under numerous enemy air attacks while waiting for a group of empty LSTs to form up for the return passage. As her convoy retired on the 26th, it was again attacked, and Muskogee joined in downing several enemy aircraft. A second escort voyage to Leyte in early November was less eventful.

 

Concluding her New Guinea patrols, Muskogee arrived in Pearl Harbor 15 December, then reported at Dutch Harbor 12 January 1945 for similar duty in the Aleutians. On 6 July she cleared Adak for repairs at Seattle, returning to Alaska to decommission at Cold Bay 26 August 1945. Leased to the Russian Government 27 August 1945, she was returned to U.S. custody 1 November 1949 in Japan, and was loaned to Korea 23 October 1950 and commissioned as Duman (PF‑61).Into 1969 she still serves the Korean Navy.

 

Muskogee received one battle star for World War II service.