Draft:Martin Lewis Ingwersen
Martin L. Ingwersen
|Born||November 5, 1919|
|Died||October 4, 2017 (aged 97)|
Vero Beach, Florida
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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
Martin L. Ingwersen was born in Sandusky, OH. His grandfather was a Danish immigrant who established Sandusky Baking Company in Sandusky, OH. 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. 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.
In 1943, he enlisted in the US Navy and was commissioned as an assistant hull superintedent at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  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.
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. He went to work for Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation as vice president of operations in 1958. 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. He was elected president of the company from 1973-1976 and served as vice-president of operations from 1976 until his retirement in 1985.
|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|
|President Van Buren||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
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)
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