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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
    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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