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Contributed by Don McGrogan BMCS USN Ret.

USS Consolation (AH-15)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Delta - Sierra
NKDS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (10) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Haven Class Hospital Ship:
  • Laid down as SS Marine Walrus, a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-B2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 746) at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 1 August 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 30 August 1944
  • Converted to a Hospital Ship at Bethlehem Steel Co., Hoboken, N.J.
  • Commissioned USS Consolation (AH-15), 22 May 1945, CDR. Preston S. Tambling in command
  • During the Korean War USS Consolation (AH-15) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    16 August to 15 September 1950
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    6 October to 27 November 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 November 1950 to 24 January 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    28 November to 31 December 1951
    24 February to 30 April 1952
    Inchon Landing
    15 to 17 September 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 May to 13 June 1952
    5 October to 20 November 1952
    First UN Counter Offensive
    25 January to 21 April 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    9 December 1952 to 22 January 1953
    9 February to 17 March 1953
    4 to 30 April 1953
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 April to 19 May 1951
    Korea Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 20 May 1953

  • Decommissioned, 30 December 1955
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Leased, 16 March 1960 to the People to People Health Foundation, renamed SS Hope
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1974
  • Final Disposition, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrapping, 1 September 1974 and scrapped in 1975
  • USS Consolation earned 10 battle stars for Korean war service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,400 t.(limit)
    Length 520'
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 23' 6"
    Speed 18.3 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 70
    Enlisted 498
    Patient Capacity 800
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament none
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 13,170 Bbls
    Diesel 280 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric combination HP/LP steam turbine geared engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450Psi 745°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gear
    single propeller 9,000shp

    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 500Kw 450V A.C.
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.

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    USS Consolation (AH-15)
    Tranquility 590k Exploded view of USS Consolation (Haven Class AH-12 to 17) - Compartment & Access Diagram by J.M. Hobson, PHM/3c. (USS Tranquility. Consolation was one of six 15,0000 ton US Navy hospital ships to be converted from Maritime Commission C-4 hulls at shipyards in the New York Area. Known as the HAVEN class, these vessels are completely air conditioned and provide medical facilities equal to those of a modern shore hospital.
    BUMED 16-0020-004
    Michael Rhode Archivist / Curator US Navy BUMED Communications Directorate (M09B7) Office of Medical History
    Consolation 96k USS Consolation (AH-15) laying at anchor, late in World War II, location unknown.
    Photo from "Hospital Ships of World II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman, authors collection.
    Robert Hurst
    Consolation 348k USS Consolation (AH-15) under way in 1945, location unknown.
    Photo from "U.S. Navy photo; "U.S. Warships of World War 2" by Paul H. Silverstone.
    Mike Green
    Consolation 85k USS Consolation (AH-15) under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo from "Hospital Ships of World II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman, authors collection.
    Robert Hurst
    Consolation 97k USS Consolation (AH-15) in San Francisco Bay, CA., between November 1945 and February 1946. Note the hospital ship markings with a single red cross and a horizontal bar the length of the ship.
    US Navy photo # NH 98755 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, donation of BM1 Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    Robert Hurst
    Consolation 161k USS Consolation (AH-15) moored at Yokosuka, Japan, 10 January 1951. Note motor launches and LCVPs tied up in foreground.
    USN Photo # 425771. BUMED photo # 14-0062-001
    Robert Hurst
    Consolation 52k USS Consolation (AH-15) moored pierside at Pusan, South Korea, 1951. Jack Treutle
    Consolation 166k USS Consolation (AH-15) at anchor, date off the coast of South Korea. Note helicopter on the flight deck aft.BUMED photo # 14-0062-004 Robert Hurst
    Consolation 279k USS Consolation (AH-15) at anchor off the coast of South Korea. Note the Danish hospital Ship Jutlandia in the distance, circa 1951-1953.
    BUMED 16-0020-001
    Michael Rhode Archivist / Curator US Navy BUMED Communications Directorate (M09B7) Office of Medical History
    Consolation 74k USS Consolation (AH-15) at anchor in Sok Cho-Ri, Korea, 15 December 1951. Sok Cho-Ri was on the east coast of Korea 50 miles below the North Korean border. The hospital ship markings consist of three red crosses connected with a stripe. US Navy photo # NH 98785 by LT. B. A. McLawhorn. from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Robert Hurst
    Consolation 125k USS Consolation (AH-15) sits at anchor as a Sikorski H-5 helicopter of the 3rd Air Rescue Squadron approaches the ship's newly-installed helicopter deck, circa December 1951. The helo was carrying litter patients on the last leg of an operation in which 37 wounded American and South Korean Marines were evacuated from an airstrip in north central Korea.
    US Navy photo # NH 98786, a US Air Force photo from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Consolation 105k USS Consolation (AH-15) off the Korean Coast, circa 21 December 1951, during the first air evacuation of casualties directly from the battlefield to a hospital ship. A US Air Force Sikorski H-5 helicopter is landing on board. US Navy photo # NH 85669, courtesy of Mrs. Joel T. Boone, 1977. US Naval Historical Center
    Consolation 105k USS Consolation (AH-15) is present beyond the bow of HMS Belfast in the channel at Pusan, South Korea, 2 April 1952.
    US Navy photo # NH 99085 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Consolation 122k USS Consolation (AH-15) underway in the channel, bound for Inchon, Korea, 8 May 1952.
    US Navy photo # K-12234, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Consolation 46k

    USS Consolation (AH-15) at anchor, date and location unknown.

    US Navy Hospital Ships web site
    Consolation 56k USS Consolation (AH-15) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
    Consolation 88k USS Consolation (AH-15) at anchor in Inchon harbor, circa 1952.
    US Navy photo from the collection of CDR Nancy Crosby, NC, USN, Ret., "Navy Medicine" magazine March-April 2002.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Consolation 105k USS Consolation (AH-15) photographed from the Golden Gate Bridge, 30 March 1955, as she returned to San Francisco from her last deployment to the Western Pacific. The hospital ship markings consist of three red crosses without a connecting stripe.
    US Navy photo # NH 98787, by PH1 Timothy J. Leary, USN. from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Consolation 225k The decommissioned USS Consolation (AH-15) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Reserve Fleet, Benecia, CA., 25 March 1959. The ship inboard of Consolation is possibly the decommissioned USS Repose (AH-16).
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Consolation 485k Top side view looking aft of the decommissioned USS Consolation (AH-15) berthed at the US Naval Shipyard Mare Island Naval, Vallejo, CA., 22 December 1959.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Consolation 464k Bow view of the decommissioned USS Consolation (AH-15) berthed at the US Naval Shipyard Mare Island Naval, Vallejo, CA., 22 December 1959.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    SS Hope - Project Hope (Charity Service)
    Consolation 115k Ex-USS Consolation (AH-15) at anchor while preparing to deploy to southeast Asia to bring advanced medical procedures to the area, circa 1960. Ron Reeves
    Consolation 75k SS Hope arrives at San Francisco, 26 August 1960. "Nurses Ann Roden (l) and Genevieve Ferreira extend hands of goodwill from the deck of SS Hope. The Hope will carry medical aid and knowledge to the peoples of th Far East in a gesture of international good will. She is the first of a projected fleet which will carry the medical knowledge of the U. S. to other lands."
    UPI Telephoto
    Tommy Trampp
    Consolation
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    236k SS Hope in San Francisco Bay, 22 June 1961. The Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background.
    09121527 US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, contributed by Darryl Baker
    09121501 US Navy photo contributed by William Toohey
     
    Consolation
    09121501
    72k
    Consolation 149k SS Hope returning to San Francisco, 15 September 1961, after a year in South East Asia. Photograph by Browning, Naval Photographic Center, Washington, DC.
    BUMED photo # 14-0065-001
    Robert Hurst
    Consolation 112k SS Hope moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Consolation 77k SS Hope entering Boston Harbor, 15 March 1963. Ron Reeves
    Consolation 97k SS Hope underway with flags, 16 September 1964, location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Consolation 82k SS Hope at Kingston, Jamaica, 15 February 1971
    while in the service of Project Hope
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Consolation 80k SS Hope at Kingston, Jamaica, 15 February 1971
    while in the service of Project Hope
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Consolation 118k Ex-SS Hope intentionally grounded to prevent her from sinking in the Delaware River after colliding with a tugboat, 13 February 1975. The accident occurred 30 miles south of Philadelphia after the ship had begun her last voyage to the scrap yard in Texas.
    AP Wirephoto.
    Ron Reeves

    USS Consolation (AH-15)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    PreCommCAPT. Beck, Philip George15 January 1945 - 20 April 1945
    PreCommCDR. Tambling, Preston S.20 April 1945 - 22 May 1945
    01CDR. Tambling, Preston S.22 May 1945 - June 1945
    02CAPT. Beck, Philip GeorgeJune 1945 - ?
    03CAPT. Ferguson Jr., Harry Lee? - 3 July 1947
    04CAPT. Collins, Dale Edmond :RADM3 July 1947 - ?
    06CAPT. McElroy, John William :RADM? - 5 October 1952
    07CAPT. Stein, Otto Julius5 October 1952 - 3 November 1954
    08CAPT. Gullett, William Mayo :RADM3 November 1954 30 December 1955
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Consolation history (30 August 1944 to 10 November 1945) author anonymous
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