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USAT Chateau Thierry
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USS Chateau Thierry (AP-31) (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)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


  • Built in 1921 at American International Shipbuilding Corp., Hog Island, PA.
  • Acquired by the US Army and commissioned USAT Chateau Thierry in 1921, CAPT. Jerry Allen in command
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 15 July 1941
  • Commissioned USS Chateau Thierry (AP-31), 6 August 1941, LCDR. John K. Davis in command
  • During World War II USS Chateau Thierry (AP-31) was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943

  • Decommissioned, 9 September 1943, at Boston, MA.
  • Returned to the US Army for conversion to a Hospital Ship
  • Recommissioned USAHS Chateau Thierry, 5 March 1944
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 29 August 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Group
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 June 1957, to Ziedell Explorations Inc., Portland, OR.
  • USS Chateau Thierry earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,050 t.
    Length 448'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 15 kts
    Complement 253
    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.

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    USAT Chateau Thierry
    Chateau Thierry 58k USAT Chateau Thierry in harbor, circa the 1920s, possibly soon after completion.
    US Navy photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    Chateau Thierry 99k USAT Chateau Thierry as seen from a soldier's album covering the period April 1938 to August 1940 and captioned "U.S. Army transport at Hilo," Hawaii.
    US Navy photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    Chateau Thierry 131k USAT Chateau Thierry in harbor, circa 1940-1941. Note her after kingpost pair have been removed.
    US Navy photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    USS Chateau Thierry (AP-31)
    Chateau Thierry
    RG-19-LCM, Photo No. NH 34587
    95k USS Chateau Thierry (AP-31) near New York Navy Yard, 19 September 1942. Note the ship has lost her foremost goal post mast.
    US National Archives Photo #'s
    U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. NH 34587 and
    U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. NH 34588, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Chateau Thierry
    RG-19-LCM, Photo No. NH 34588
    110k
    Chateau Thierry 85k USS Chateau Thierry (AP-31) underway, date and location unknown. She is equipped with APA-type triple Welin davits, although not with landing craft. She helped carry the floating reserve during the Sicilian invasion, after which she was returned to the Army.
    US Navy photo from "US Amphibious Ships and Craft", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    USAHS Chateau Thierry
    Chateau Thierry 13k USAHS Chateau Thierry underway, date and location unknown. US Maritime Service Veterans web site

    USS Chateau Thierry (AP-31) / USAHS Chateau Thierry
    DANFS history entry located the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Davis, John Kenneth6 August 1941 - 1943
    02CDR. Cloud, Benjamin Watkins1943 - 9 September 1943
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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