Draft:Martin Lewis Ingwersen

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Martin L. Ingwersen
Born(1919-11-05)November 5, 1919
Sandusky, Ohio
DiedOctober 4, 2017(2017-10-04) (aged 97)
Vero Beach, Florida
NationalityUnited States
OccupationShipbuilder
Years active1943-1985
Notable work
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Martin Lewis Ingwersen was a American shipbuilder, supervising the construction of more than 75 large military and civilian ships over his career in the height of modern American shipbuilding.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Martin L. Ingwersen was born in Sandusky, OH. His grandfather was a Danish immigrant who established Sandusky Baking Company in Sandusky, OH.[1] His father was a Lake Erie barge captain and mother the ship cook. He graduated from Sandusky High School in 1937, and earned a B.Sc. from the University of Notre Dame in 1941. He would spend his summers of high school and college working on ships on the Great Lakes fleet.[2] He was a member of the Fighting Irish football team playing on the offensive and defensive lines. He completed post-graduate studies at Western Reserve (1941) and Stanford (1982) universities.

Military Service[edit]

In 1943, he enlisted in the US Navy and was commissioned as an assistant hull superintedent at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. [2] He was transferred to the Maintanence Submarine Squadron No. 1 in New London, Conn. He then served in the Pacific War aboard the USS Achelous with the rank of Lieutenant (jg) as the assistant repair officer. During the Battle of Okinawa, he lead a crew to extract a kamikaze plane from a US destroyer. He received an honorable discharge from active duty in 1946, continuing to serve in the US Naval Reserve until 1951 attaining the rank of Lt. Commander.

Shipbuilding Career[edit]

Martin Ingwersen began his shipbulding career with Great Lakes Engineering Works in 1941 and worked there as a general foreman until enlisting in the Navy in 1943. He returned as an assistant superintendent at the Ashtabula, OH yard following his service with the US Navy in 1946. In 1948, he was hired by American Ship Building Company as the manager of its Buffalo shipyard. He was transferred to the Toledo yard in 1950 and then the Lorraine yard in 1952, serving as manager in both. He was promoted to vice president of operations in 1954.[2] He went to work for Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation as vice president of operations in 1958.[3] He briefly joined Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Company in 1967 as president and COO. He joined Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction company as vice president, operations in 1968 and he was promoted to executive vice-president in 1969.[4] He was elected president of the company from 1973-1976 and served as vice-president of operations from 1976 until his retirement in 1985.[5]

List of Ships Supervised
Name Hull No. Shipyard Year Launched
Frank Armstrong Great Lakes Engineering Company 1942
Clarence B. Randall Great Lakes Engineering Company 1942
J.H. Hillman, Jr. Great Lakes Engineering Company 1943
Steelton Great Lakes Engineering Company 1943
Segundo Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Seacat Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Seadog Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Seafox Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Atule Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Sea Owl Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Sea Poacher Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Piper Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Sea Robin Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Tigrone Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Tirante Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Trutta Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 1944
Edward B. Greene American Shipbuilding Company 1952
Earnest T. Weir American Shipbuilding Company 1952
Armco American Shipbuilding Company 1952
George M Humphrey American Shipbuilding Company 1952
John Sherwin American Shipbuilding Company 1952
Lorain County  LST-1176 American Shipbuilding Company 1952
Wood County LST-1177 American Shipbuilding Company 1952
Eagle Courier Ingalls 1958
Eagle Transporter Ingalls 1958
Argentina Ingalls 1958
Saroula Ingalls 1958
Bargor Socony Ingalls 1959
Barbara Jane Ingalls 1959
Eagle Traveler Ingalls 1959
Eagle Voyager Ingalls 1959
American Explorer Ingalls 1959
James Lykes Ingalls 1960
Joseph Lykes Ingalls 1960
USS Blueback Ingalls 1960
Zoella Lykes Ingalls 1960
John Lykes Ingalls 1960
Thompson Lykes Ingalls 1960
USS Sculpin Ingalls 1961
USS Snook Ingalls 1961
African Comet Ingalls 1962
African Meteor Ingalls 1962
African Mercury Ingalls 1962
M/V Mississippi Ingalls 1962
African Neptune Ingalls 1963
African Sun Ingalls 1963
African Dawn Ingalls 1963
USS Holland Ingalls 1963
USS Barb Ingalls 1963
USS Dace Ingalls 1964
Mormacargo Ingalls 1964
Mormacvegga Ingalls 1964
Mormaclynx Ingalls 1964
Mormacrigel Ingalls 1965
Mormacaltair Ingalls 1965
Mormacdraco Ingalls 1965
USS Canopus Ingalls 1965
USS Tripoli Ingalls 1966
USS Clevelannd Ingalls 1966
USS Dubuque Ingalls 1966
USS Tautog Ingalls 1966
USS Haddock Ingalls 1967
President Van Buren Ingalls 1967
President Grant Ingalls 1967
USS Rathburne Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1970
USS Reasoner Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1971
USS Stein Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1971
USS Bagley Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1972
USS Robert E. Peary Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1972
USS Trenton Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1971
USS Ponce Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1971
M/V Sugar Islander Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1973
Polar Star Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1975
M/V Columbia Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1974
Polar Sea Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1977
Emory S. Land Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1979
Frank Cable Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1979
McKee Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1981

Awards and Decorations[edit]

Letter of Commendation for Service Aboard USS Achelous, from USN Lt. Commander (1946)

Society of Port Engineers, Man of the Year, 1982

Finalist, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Jerry Land Medal, 1985

Letter of Commendation for Career Service to US Navy, from Rear Admiral John Bulkeley (1985)

U.S. Military Decorations
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harris-Elmore Library Obituaries Collection". 1939-04-21. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  2. ^ a b c "Sandusky Native, Martin Ingwersen, Is Given New Post". 1954-10-21.
  3. ^ "Ingwersen to Resign from American Ship". Cleveland Plain Dealer. 1958-05-27.
  4. ^ "Promotion Announced". North Star. Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company. 1969-05-29.
  5. ^ Who's who in the West 1978-1979 (16th ed.). Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1978. ISBN 0837909163. OCLC 6261917.

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