USS Kenosha (AK-190)

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Career (USA) Union Navy Jack
Name: Kenosha
Namesake: A county in Wisconsin
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2121
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 25 August 1944
Sponsored by: Miss Marion Crowley
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy 1 August 1945
Commissioned: 7 September 1945 as USS Kenosha (AK-190)
Decommissioned: 16 April 1946, at Baltimore, Maryland
Struck: date unknown
Honors and
American Campaign Medal
Fate: sold in 1947; ultimate fate unknown
General characteristics
Type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Tonnage: 2,382 tons
Tons burthen: 7,435 tons
Length: 388' 8"
Beam: 50'
Draft: 21' 1"
Propulsion: Diesel, single screw, 1,700shp
Speed: 11.5 knots
Complement: 85 officers and enlisted
Armament: one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount; six 20mm guns

USS Kenosha (AK-190) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that served the U.S. Navy during the clean-up phase of World War II. When her service was no longer required in 1946, she was decommissioned and returned to her owner, a Norwegian shipping company.

Built in Superior, Wisconsin

Kenosha (AK-190) was launched 25 August 1944 by Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin, under a U.S. Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Miss Marion Crowley; acquired by the Navy 1 August 1945; and commissioned 7 September 1945, Lt. S. Bernsen in command.

World War II-related service

After shakedown out of Galveston, Texas, Kenosha arrived Gulfport, Mississippi, 19 October to load cargo for the Mariana Islands. The cargo ship departed Gulfport 25 November, cleared the Panama Canal, and arrived Guam via Pearl Harbor 10 January 1946.

Upon discharging her cargo, she loaded cargo for the U.S. Marines and sailed for the U.S. East Coast, arriving Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia, 7 March.


On 3 April Kenosha arrived Baltimore, Maryland, and decommissioned there 16 April 1946. She was returned to a Norwegian shipping firm in 1947, and renamed Rio Dale. She was renamed Torian in 1959.

Honors and awards

Qualified Kenosha personnel were eligible for the following: