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USAT Thistle
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USAHS Thistle (1943 - 1946)
USS Munargo (AP-20) (1941 - 1943)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet Clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Transport / Hospital Ship;
  • Laid down, 30 September 1920, as the Passenger/Cargo Liner SS Munargo for the Munson S.S. Co., at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 17 September 1921
  • Delivered to Munson S.S. Co., 11 December 1921
  • Purchased from Munargo Line Co. (Munson S.S. Co.), 27 March 1941, by the US Army at Pier #4 US Army Base Brooklyn, N.Y. for conversion to a troop ship
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the US Army 6 June 1941
  • Commissioned USS Munargo (AP-20), 4 June 1941, CDR. Harold F. Ely in command.
  • Decommissioned, 18 October 1943, at Brooklyn, N.Y. and returned to the War Department
  • Struck from the Naval Register
  • Converted for service as a US Army Hospital Ship
  • Commissioned USAHS Thistle, 15 January 1944
  • Converted in March 1946 to a US Army Transport and redesignated USAT Thistle
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 1 November 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 March 1957, at Astoria, to the Learner Co.
    AP Specifications:
    Displacement 7,100 t.
    Length 432'
    Beam 57' 6"
    Draft 23' 7"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 254
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    eight .50 cal machine guns
    Propulsion
    steam turbine
    single propeller, 5,800shp

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    Commercial Service
    Munargo 75k SS Munargo escorted by unidentified harbor tug, probably leaving New York.
    Photo from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massmam.
    Robert Hurst
    Munargo 122k SS Munargo officer listing, Voyage No. 370 Southbound, New York to Havana, Saturday February 22, 1936. Tommy Trampp
    Munargo 285k SS Munargo stateroom Tommy Trampp
    USS Munargo (AP-20)
    Munargo 99k USS Munargo (AP-20) near New York Navy Yard, 11 December 1941.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-26133, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Munargo
    19-N-37279
    113k USS Munargo (AP-20) near New York Navy Yard, 26 May 1942. Two gun tubs have been added on the poop deck with two more 3"/23 antiaircraft guns, and the positions for the eight .50 caliber machine guns on the superstructure have been enlarged.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo #'s 19-N-37279, and 19-N-30515, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Munargo
    19-N-30515
    94k
    Munargo 50k USS Munargo (AP-20) underway, date and location unknown. Bob Thomasson
    USAHS Thistle
    Munargo 25k USAHS Thistle, date and location unknown US Army Hospital Ship Thistle web page
    Munargo 51k USAHS Thistle, date and location unknown US Army Hospital Ship Thistle web page
    Munargo 88k USAHS Thistle leaving Charleston, South Carolina, for Europe, 4 August 1944.
    US Coast Guard photo from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massmam.
    Robert Hurst
    Munargo 363k USAHS Thistle at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo now in the collections of the US Naval Institute.
    Photos and text from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
    Robert Hurst
    USAT Thistle
    Munargo 97k USAHS Thistle sporting a light grey paint scheme photographed at the Army's Fort Mason port facilities at San Francisco, CA., 23 July 1946.
    US Army photo from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massmam.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Munargo (AP-20) / USAHS / USAT Thistle
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Thistle Scuttlebutt" USAT Thistle on board information brochure
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