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USNS LT. James E. Robinson (T-AK-274)
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USNS LT. James E. Robinson (T-AG-170) (1962 - 1964)
USNS LT. James E. Robinson (T-AKV-3) (1950 - 1962)
USAT LT. James E. Robinson (1948 - 1950)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - India - Delta
NXID
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


LT. James E. Robinson Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 November 1943, as SS Czechoslovakia Victory a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 20 January 1944
  • Owned by the Maritime Commission but delivered to American-Hawaiian Steamship Corp., 11 March 1944 for operation under contract to the War Shipping Administration (WSA)
  • Chartered to Black Diamond Steamship Corp., 8 August 1946
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 17 November 1947
  • Withdrawn from reserve and loaned to the War Department, 3 May 1948, commissioned USAT LT. James E. Robinson
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as Aircraft Transport USNS Lt James E. Robinson (T-AKV-3)
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (T-AG-170), a cable transport ship in December 1962
  • Redesignated Cargo Ship (T-AK-274), 1 July 1964
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 17 March 1976, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 January 1981
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 May 1983, to Andy Exports, Inc.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,589 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 99
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp

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    USNS LT. James E. Robinson (T-AKV-3)
    LT. James E. Robinson 105k
    Namesake
    James E. Robinson, Jr., was born In Toledo, Ohio, and was serving as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army near Untergriesheim, Germany, on 6 April 1945. Eight hours of desperate fighting over open terrain had decimated Lieutenant Robinsonís company, robbing it of its commanding officer and most key enlisted personnel, when he rallied the remaining 23 riflemen and led them in a charge against the objective. Ten German infantrymen in foxholes threatened to stop the assault, but the gallant leader killed them all at point-blank range. He then pressed on with his men and cleared the area. Ordered then to take the defended town of Kressbach, he went to each of the 19 exhausted survivors, instilling in them renewed courage and fortitude, before leading them forward once more. In the advance he was seriously wounded in the neck by a shell fragment. Refusing medical attention, Lieutenant Robinson continued the attack and directed supporting artillery fire, even though mortally wounded. Only after victory was attained did he leave the command and walk nearly 2 miles to an aid station where he died from his wound. For his intrepid leadership, devotion to duty, and the supreme sacrifice, Lieutenant Robinson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

    Citation
    "He was a field artillery forward observer attached to Company A, 253rd Infantry, near Untergriesheim, Germany on 6 April 1945. Eight hours of desperate fighting over open terrain swept by German machine gun fire, mortar, and small arms fire had decimated Company A, robbing it of its commanding officer and most of its key enlisted personnel, when Lieutenant Robinson rallied the 23 remaining uninjured riflemen and a few walking wounded and while carrying his heavy radio for communication with artillery batteries, led them through intense fire in a charge against the objective. Ten German infantry men in fox holes threatened to stop the assault, but the gallant leader killed them all at point-blank range with rifle and pistol fire and then pressed on with his men to sweep the area of all resistance. Soon afterward he was ordered to seize the defended town of Kressbach. He went to each of the 19 exhausted survivors with cheering words, instilling in them courage and fortitude, before leading the little band forward once more. In the advance he was seriously wounded in the throat by a shell fragment, but despite great pain and loss of blood, he refused medical attention and continued the attack, directing supporting artillery fire even though he was mortally wounded. Only after the town had been taken and he could no longer speak did he leave the command he had inspired to victory and walked nearly 2 miles to an aid station, where he died of his wound. By his intrepid leadership, Lieutenant Robinson was directly responsible for Company A's accomplishing its mission against tremendous odds".

    Photo of 1st Lt. James E. Robinson, Jr. from the Frontier Studio Archives
    Bill Gonyo
    LT. James E. Robinson 70k USNS LT. James E. Robinson (T-AKV-3) underway, circa 1953, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    USNS LT. James E. Robinson (T-AK-274)
    LT. James E. Robinson 115k USNS LT. James E. Robinson (T-AK-274), date and location unknown. William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    LT. James E. Robinson 62k USNS LT. James E. Robinson (T-AK-274) moored pierside Bremerhaven, Germany, June 1970. Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus

    USNS LT. James E. Robinson (T-AKV-3 / T-AG-170 / T-AK-274)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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