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T-AK-251 Lt George W. G. Boyce


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (4) - Vietnam Service Medal (1)
Bottom Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Boulder Victory Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 July 1945, as Waterville Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC-2S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 852), at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 19 September 1945
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 15 October 1945, to be operated by Parry Navigation Co., Baltimore, MD. Acquired by the US Army Transportation Service in 1946
  • Renamed and placed in commission as USAT Lt. George W. G. Boyce
  • Inactived in February 1950
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 9 August 1950, and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Lt. George W. G. Boyce (T-AK-251)
  • During the Korean War Lt. George W. G. Boyce (T-AK-251) served in the war zone during the below dates and participated in the associated campaigns:
    10 to 19 January 1951
    25 March to 8 May 1951
    First UN Counter Offensive
    5 to 21 April 1951
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 April to 5 May 1951
    4 to 11 October 1951
    First UN Summer-Fall
    4 to 11 October 1951
    15 December 1951 to 3 January 1952
    14 to 21 February 1952
    8 to 29 April 1952
    Second Korean Winter
    15 December to 3 January 1952
    23 to 29 April 1952
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 15 July 1973
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet;
  • Sold for scrapping, 1 October 1974 at Portland, OR.
  • Lt. George W. G. Boyce received four battle stars for service during the Korean War
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,599 t.(fl)
    Length 455' 3"
    Beam 62' 1"
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 24
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp.
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    Lt George W G Boyce 195k Lt. George W. G. Boyce (T-AK-251) underway, date and place unknown. William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    Lt George W G Boyce 195k Lt. George W. G. Boyce (T-AK-251) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, June 1963. Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus

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    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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