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Flagler- AK 181

Flagler

A county in Florida.

(AK-181: dp. 7,126; 1. 338'6"; b. 60'; dr. 21'1";
s. 12 k.; cpl. 86; a. 1 3"; cl. Alamosa)

Flagler (AK-181) was launched 24 March 1945 by Kaiser Cargo Co., Inc., Richmond, Calif. sponsored by Mrs. T. B. Smith, and commissioned 18 May 1945 Lieutenant P. S. Smith, USNR, in command.

Flagler sailed from San Francisco 6 July 1945 with cargo for Ulithi and Leyte Gulf, where she discharged the last of her load 6 August. Here she loaded supplies and men for Okinawa, from which she sailed 29 August for Guam and Saipan. Okinawa-bound again 12 September, Flagler sailed through a raging typhoon, which caused some damage to the ship, but arrived safely 18 September. Twice while at Okinawa she put to sea to avoid typhoons, evading the first. During the second, on 9 October, she was grounded. Success in a difficult salvage operation refloated her 26 October. Flagler was decommissioned at Okinawa 24 December 1945, and returned to her owners.