Rockdale AK-208

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This Month in Naval History
Rockdale AK-208

Rockdale

(AK-208: dp. 7,125; 1. 338'6"; b. 50'0"; dr. 21'1"; s. 11 k.;
cpl. 85; a. 1 3", 6 20mm.; cl. Alamo~a; T. Cl-M-AV1)

Rockdale (AK-208) was laid down 15 January 1944 as MC hull 2162 by Leatham D. Smith Ship Building Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wis., launched 1 October 1944, sponsored by Mrs. William R. Crawford; acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter basis 5 June 1945, and commissioned at Galveston, Tex., 26 June 1945, Lt. Comdr. Robert F. Mendler, USNR, in command.

Following shakedown off Galveston, Rockdale got underway from Gulfport, Miss., for the Panama Canal. Transiting the Canal 27 July, she proceeded to Hollandia, New Guinea, where she arrived 2 September to unload her cargo. On 9 September she steamed for Australia, reaching Brisbane 17 September. She got underway for Manus Island 25 September arriving 3 October. Underway the next day, she made Saipan on the 10th.

Rockdale got underway on 13 October for Okinawa where she arrived 5 days later. On 1 November she sailed for the Marianas and operated in that island group until getting underway for the Panama Canal on 13 January 1946. She transited the Canal on 20 February and arrived Norfolk on 1 March.

Rockdale decommissioned there 22 March, was returned to the War Shipping Administration on the 26th for layup in the James River, and was struck from the Navy list 12 April 1946.

 

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