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USS U.S. Grant (AP-29)
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USAT U.S. Grant (1922 - 1940)
USAT Madawaska (1919 - 1922)
USS Madawaska (ID #3011) (1917 - 1919)
USS König Wilhelm II (1917)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Kilo - Delta

NWKD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


Steel-hulled screw steamer:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Vulcan Aktrenegesellecraft, Stettin, Germany as SS König Wilhelm II
  • Launched, 12 August 1902
  • Seized by the US Government at the United States 6 April 1917
  • Commissioned USS König Wilhelm II, 27 August 1917, LT. Charles McCauley in temporary command
  • Renamed USS Madawaska (ID-3011), 1 September 1917
  • Decommissioned, 2 September 1919, struck from the Naval Register and turned over to the US War Department for use as a transport
  • Commissioned USAT Madawaska, 2 September 1919
  • Renamed USAT U. S. Grant, 3 June 1922
  • Reacquired by the Navy in 1940
  • Commissioned USS U. S. Grant (AP-29), 16 June 1941, CAPT. Herbert Ross. Hein in command
  • During World War II USS U.S. Grant was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Aleutians operations
    Attu occupation, 13 to 17 May 1943
  • Decommissioned, 14 November 1945
  • Returned to the War Department
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 November 1945
  • Transferred by the War Department to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 January 1948, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD., Contract PD-X-411, for $181,000.00, delivered 24 February 1948
  • USS U.S. Grant (AP-29) earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 14,940 t.
    Length 508' 2"
    Beam 55' 3"
    Draft 27' 6"
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 364
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 159
    Enlisted 988
    Cargo Capacity 600 DWT
    non-refrigerated 33,302 Cu ft.
    refrigerated 6,860 Cu ft.
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Armament
    WWI
    unarmed
    World War II
    one single 5"/38 cal. dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 12,500 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Vulcan Iron Works vertical triple expansion steam turbine
    six Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 215 psi Sat°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 150Kw 120V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,800shp

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    SS König Wilhelm II
    U S Grant 89k
    Namesake
    Wilhelm II., King of Württemberg ruled the duchy of Württemberg from 1891 to 1918. He was born in Stuttgart in 1848 and died on October 2, 1921 in Bebenhausen. This popular king was forced to resign in 1918 at the end of the First World War. After his resignation, he never entered the royal residence town of Stuttgart again, settling instead in Tübingen. His wish was to have a simple grave in the old cemetery in Ludwigsburg. He is memorialized with a statue of him walking his dogs in front of the Wilhelmspalais, the royal residence in Stuttgart.
    Bill Gonyo
    U S Grant 115k The German Passenger Liner SS König Wilhelm II probably at Hoboken, New Jersey, circa April 1917, after she had been seized by the United States. Note sentry in the foreground. She was turned over to the Navy and commissioned on 27 August 1917 as USS König Wilhelm II. Her name was changed to USS Madawaska on 1 September 1917 and she later received the identification number 3011. She was transferred to the War Department in September 1919 and subsequently served as USAT Madawaska, USAT U.S. Grant and, after 1941, USS U.S. Grant (AP-29).
    US Navy photo # NH 94204 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 48k SS König Wilhelm II 1911 Passenger List. Tommy Trampp
    U S Grant 82k
    USS Madawaska (ID #3011)
    U S Grant 70k USS Madawaska (ID-3011) at sea during a trans-Atlantic trooping voyage, November 1917.
    US Navy photo # NH 83124 from the collection of Chief Warrant Officer J.B. Dofflemeyer, 1972.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 94k Ships in convoy, USS Madawaska (ID #3011) is at right, and USS Rowan (Destroyer #64) at left. Photographed from USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser #6)
    US Navy photo # NH 83125 from the collection of Chief Warrant Officer J.B. Dofflemeyer, 1972.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 76k Halftone reproduction of photo of USS Madawaska (ID #3011) taken circa 1918, showing the ship painted in "dazzle" camouflage.
    US Navy photo # NH 85171 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of William H. Davis, 1977.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 80k USS Madawaska (ID #3011) underway at sea in 1918, while she was painted in "dazzle" camouflage. A "1000-ton" type destroyer, also in camouflage paint, is in the left background. Photographed by "HF Co". The original image is printed on postcard ("AZO") stock.
    US Navy photo # NH 105376 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 49k USS Madawaska (ID #3011) at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, 19 February 1919 in a panoramic photograph, taken by the G.L. Hall Optical Co., Norfolk, Va. Note Navy Yard railway crane in the right center foreground, with two very large crates beyond. USS Madawaska is still wearing World War I "dazzle" camouflage, more than three months after the Armistice. Most of the clutter seen in the upper part of the image is the coaling gear and other upper works of a Navy collier tied up off USS Madawaska's opposite (port) side.
    US Navy photo # NH 98556 donated the US Naval Historical Center by the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Museum, Portsmouth, VA.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 98k View on board USS Madawaska (ID #3011), circa 1917-1918, looking aft from her bow. Note life rafts on her foremast shrouds and stacked on deck.
    US Navy photo # NH 98552 from the collection of Arthur A. Wright, donated by his brother, Everett B. Wright, January 1978 to the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 87k View on board USS Madawaska (ID #3011), circa 1917-1918, looking aft over her stern. Location is probably New York Harbor.
    US Navy photo # NH 98553 from the collection of Arthur A. Wright, donated by his brother, Everett B. Wright, January 1978 to the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 106k USS Madawaska (ID #3011) in port, with much of her crew on deck, circa late 1918 or early 1919. Photographed by Holladay, Newport News, Virginia.
    US Navy photo # NH 103145 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 126k USS Madawaska (ID #3011) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    U S Grant 147k USS Madawaska (ID #3011) moored pierside at St. Nazaire, France in May 1919. This panoramic view was assembled from two separate photographs. Copied from the Donald R. Cochran album (Lot S-591), page 11. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 107071.
    Robert Hurst
    USAT Madawaska
    U S Grant 96k USAT Madawaska in harbor, circa 1920-1921. The ship, was renamed USAT U.S. Grant in 1922.
    US Navy photo # NH 76072 from the collections US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1972.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 1244k USAT Madawaska departing Mare Island's dry dock #2, 9 January 1920. The bow of the USS Comfort (AH-3) and USAT Mount Vernon (after mast) are in the background.
    US Navy photo, file name AP 29 010920 01
    Darryl Baker
    U S Grant 1109k USAT Madawaska in the Mare Island channel with Navigator (YT-39) alongside, 9 January 1920.
    US Navy photo, file name AP 29 010920 02
    Darryl Baker
    USAT U.S. Grant
    U S Grant 125k
    Namesake
    Ulysses S. Grant, victorious commander of the Union Army during the Civil War, and 18th President of the United States, was born 1822 at Point Pleasant, Ohio. He graduated from West Point in 1843; served under Taylor and Scott in the Mexican War; resigned his commission 1854. On the outbreak of Civil War he was commissioned Colonel of the 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry, later Major General of Volunteers. His wise use of power afloat in combined operations, commencing with the occupation of Paducah, Ky., won impressive victories at Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga. His determination to win prompted Lincoln to appoint him supreme commander of the Union forces. His relentless campaign against Richmond, in which he continued to take full advantage of the North's control of the sea, forced Lee to surrender at Appomattox. In 1867 Grant received an interim appointment as Secretary of War. In 1868 he was elected to his first of two terms as President. He devoted his later years to the writing of his "memoirs," which were published in 1885, the year of his death.
    Digital ID: cph 3a53291 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
    Bill Gonyo
    U S Grant 136k USAT U.S. Grant underway in the Territory of Hawaii, circa 1925.
    A US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US Library of Congress. Photo #, LC-DIG-npcc-13982.
    Mike Green
    U S Grant 857k USAT U.S. Grant moored at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 April 1927. Note and unidentified YD and YC-307 alongside Grant's starboard side, aft.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    U S Grant 832k USAT U.S. Grant moored at Mare Island Navy Yard in July 1927.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    U S Grant 637k Photo of USAT U.S. Grant's main dining room while at Mare Island Navy Yard in late 1927.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    U S Grant 886k USAT U.S. Grant departing Mare Island Navy Yard, 2 October 1928 with the assistance of tugs USS Undaunted (AT-58) and USS Navigator (YT-39).
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    U S Grant 65k USAT U.S. Grant underway, circa 1920s or 1930s.
    US Navy photo # NH 67486 from the collections US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1972.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 74k USAT U.S. Grant in port, circa the 1930s. The original image is printed on postcard ("AZO") stock. .
    US Navy photo # NH 105104 from the collections US Naval Historical Center, donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 107k USAT U.S. Grant underway in Manila Bay, 11 May 1938. Photographed by the U.S. Army Air Corps Second Observation Squadron. Note the U.S. flag painted on her side.
    US Navy photo # NH 93756 from the collections US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 90k USAT U.S. Grant steaming in the Sibuyan Sea, Philippine Islands, 23 October 1938. Photographed by the U.S. Army Air Corps Second Observation Squadron.US Navy photo # NH 93755 from the collections US Naval Historical Center. US Naval Historical Center
    U S Grant 75k USAT U.S. Grant at Honolulu T.H., circa 1936. Photo by Edward Cwalinski US Army Ret. Barry Litchfield
    U S Grant 89k USAT U.S. Grant at anchor, date and location unknown. This ship had served the Army in the Pacific since 1921, epitomizing the leisurely and comfortable travel to distant garrisons that characterized the peacetime Army. She had striking good looks that stayed with her even after gray paint had covered her peacetime colors.
    US National Archives photo and text from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover.
    Robert Hurst
    U S Grant 41k Post card image of USAT U.S. Grant underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    U S Grant 84k USAT U.S. Grant underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    USS U.S. Grant (AP-29)
    U S Grant 1426k USS U.S. Grant commissioning ceremony, 16 June 1941, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    U S Grant
    19-N-27215
    79k USS U.S. Grant at anchor near Mare Island Navy Yard, 30 January 1942.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, photo #'s 19-N-27215, 19-N-27216 and 19-N-27217, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Mike Green
    U S Grant
    19-N-27216
    97k
    U S Grant
    19-N-27217
    90k
    U S Grant 38k USS U. S. Grant (AP-29) underway, circa 1941 to 1945 Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    U S Grant 100k USS U.S. Grant at New Orleans, LA., 25 April 1945. The most conspicuous wartime modification was the addition of a tall pole and a small lattice radar mast behind the bridge.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, photo # 19-N-82197, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Mike Green

    USS Madawaska (ID #3011) / USS U.S. Grant (AP-29)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McCauley, Charles27 August 1917 - 1 September 1917
    02CDR. Watson, Edward Howe1 September 1917 - ?
     Decommissioned2 September 1917 - 16 June 1941
    07CAPT. Hein, Herbert Ross16 June 1941 - 1942
    09CAPT. Hutton, Charles LesterWWII
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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