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USNS LT. George W. G. Boyce (T-AK-251)


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)
Bottom Row - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service 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) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean Service Medal
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    5 to 21 April 1951
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    4 to 11 October 1951
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 April to 5 May 1951
    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
  • LT. George W. G. Boyce earned four battle stars for service during the Korean War
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Sold for scrapping, 7 May 1974 at Portland, OR., to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc. (PD-X-975 dated 27 March 1974) for $216,122.21
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,580 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts
    Complement
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 87
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity, 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft.
    Armament none
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 18,575 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse steam turbine
    two Foster Wheeler header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Lt George W G Boyce 195k LT. George W. G. Boyce (T-AK-251) under way, date and location 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

    LT. George W. G. Boyce (T-AK-251)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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