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USAHS St. Mihiel
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USAT St. Mihiel (1943)
USS St. Mihiel (AP-32) (1941 - 1943)
USAT St. Mihiel (1921 - 1941)


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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


  • Laid down under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract (672) at American International Shipbuilding Corp., Hog Island, PA.
  • Launched, 19 November 1919
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board in 1920
  • Transferred to the War Department, 29 October 1920 and assigned to the Army Transportation Service (ATS), Commissioned USAT St. Mihiel
  • Named in honor of the U.S. Army’s participation in the Battle of St. Mihiel in World War I
  • Assigned to the A.T.S. Atlantic Fleet with home port at Army Supply Base, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • USAT St. Mihiel generally serviced the New York—Antwerp route, 1920-23, and the New York—San Juan—Panama route, 1923-26
  • Awarded the Efficiency (“E”) pennant for Atlantic-based transports for 1922
  • Transported the last contingent of the American Forces in Germany from Antwerp, Belgium, to the port of New York in January 1923
  • Transported the 213th Coast Artillery from Philadelphia, PA. to Fort Monroe, VA., in July 1926 for that regiment’s participation in annual summer training
  • Participated in hurricane relief operations in September 1928 by transporting food and other supplies to San Juan, P.R.
  • Transferred to the A.T.S. Pacific Fleet with home port San Francisco Port of Embarkation, Fort Mason, CA.
  • Serviced the San Francisco—Honolulu—Panama—New York route 1931-32
  • Transported the 30th Infantry to Hawaii in January–February 1932 to participate in a Hawaiian Department amphibious exercise and maneuvers
  • Laid up 16 November 1932 at Fort Mason, CA.
  • Returned to active service in April 1935 to transport 287 Midwestern farmers and family members who were on relief due to the depression to a new life in Alaska
  • Laid up 28 July 1939 at Brooklyn, NY, and crew transferred to the USAT Leonard Wood
  • Returned to active service 15 September 1939
  • Service route changed in April 1940 to the San Francisco—Alaska route and with occasional port calls at Yaktat, Sitka, Dutch Harbor, Unimak, Honolulu, and Seattle
  • Transferred to the U.S. Navy on 22 July 1941
  • Commissioned, USS St. Mihiel (AP-32), 22 July 1941, CDR. Edward B. Rodgers, USN in command
  • During World War II, USS St. Mihiel (AP-32) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Attu occupation, 14 to 21 and 27 to 31 May 1943

  • Decommissioned, 16 November 1943, at Boston, MA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS St. Mihiel (AP-32) earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Returned to the US Army Transportation Service
  • Converted to a Hospital Ship and recommissioned, USAHS St. Mihiel in 1943
  • Decommissioned by the Army Transportation Service in 1947
  • Delivered, 28 October 1947, by the US Army to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 May 1957, to Bethlehem Steel Co.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,550 t.
    Length 448'
    Beam 58' 2"
    Draft 28'
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 253
    AP Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    USAHS Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine
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    USAT St. Mihiel
    St Mihiel 7083k Panoramic view of USAT St Mihiel arriving at Savannah, S.C. 7 February 1923, with the last of the AEF 8th US Infantry Christopher Evey for his grandfather Sgt. John W. Evey USA
    St Mihiel 46k USAT St Mihiel calling at Kodiak Island, pre WWII Joe Stevens
    St Mihiel 54k USAT St Mihiel in the Panama Canal approaching one of the locks, pre WWII M/Sgt M.L. McCormick, USAF Ret
    St Mihiel 67k USAT St Mihiel about to enter one of the locks at Panama, pre WWII M/Sgt M.L. McCormick, USAF Ret
    St Mihiel 60k USAT St Mihiel entering a lock at Panama, pre WWII M/Sgt M.L. McCormick, USAF Ret
    St Mihiel 75k USAT St Mihiel in a lock at Panama, pre WWII M/Sgt M.L. McCormick, USAF Ret
    St Mihiel 77k USAT St Mihiel in the lower chamber of Miraflores, Locks, Panama Canal, date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    St Mihiel 39k USAT St Mihiel moored pierside, pre WWII, date and place unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    St Mihiel 153k USAT St Mihiel moored pierside, circa 1930s, location unknown.
    US Army photo
    Tommy Trampp
    St Mihiel 168k USAT St Mihiel moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Army photo
    Tommy Trampp
    St Mihiel 75k USAT St Mihiel moored pierside in Alaska, pre WWII Douglas Updyke for his father Sgt. Douglas R Updyke USA
    St Mihiel 69k USAT St Mihiel moored pierside in Alaska, pre WWII Douglas Updyke for his father Sgt. Douglas R Updyke USA
    St Mihiel 141k USAT St Mihiel moored pierside at Seattle, WA. in 1940 as the US Army's 81st Field Artillery boards to bolster US defenses in Alaska Territory. Tommy Trampp
    St Mihiel 82k USAT St Mihiel moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 4, Authors Collection
     
    USS St. Mihiel (AP-32)
    St Mihiel 83k Aerial view of USS St Mihiel (AP-32) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tom Kermen
    St Mihiel 89k USS St Mihiel (AP-32) under way at Seattle in May 1942.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 44066, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    St Mihiel 154k USS St Mihiel (AP-32), port quarter view, under way at Seattle, WA. in May 1942.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 44067
    Mike Green
    St Mihiel 202k USS St Mihiel (AP-32), bows on view, under way at Seattle, WA. in May 1942.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 44069
    Mike Green
    St Mihiel 98k USS St Mihiel (AP-32) near the Stacy Street Dock in the Port of Seattle in May 1942. The Army Transportation Service Tug No. 18 is on the left.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 44068, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    St Mihiel 84k USS St Mihiel (AP-32) under way near the Southern Pacific Docks, Elliott Bay, Seattle, 5 July 1943. Note the double lattice radar mast forward of the smokestack.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-47203 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    USAHS St. Mihiel
    St Mihiel 77k USAHS St Mihiel entering Charleston harbor for the first time in August 1944. On, arrival, fresh from her conversion yard, St Mihiel picked up her medical crew and stores before sailing for Glasgow, Scotland, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Avonmouth, England.
    US National Archives Photo # 111-SC-273470, a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, from "Hospital Ships of World war II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst
    St Mihiel 74k USAHS St Mihiel under way, 3 June 1945, location unknown.
    Imperial War Museum, Photo No. © IWM (FL 18518)
    Mike Green
    St Mihiel 102k USAHS St Mihiel under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Institute.
    Robert Hurst
    St Mihiel 49k USAHS St Mihiel view of superstructure with all flags flying, date and place unknown. Jack Treutle
    St Mihiel 69k An unidentified US Army Medic aboard USAHS St Mihiel, date and place unknown. Jack Treutle
    St Mihiel 78k USAHS St Mihiel arrives at Staten Island Pier carrying hundreds of American soldiers back from Europe. Among those brought back were 197 soldiers who were liberated from a Nazi hospital in Germany where they were being treated for their wounds. They were the first such men to be returned to the United States.
    Acme photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    St Mihiel 170k USAHS St Mihiel arrives at Port of Embarkation, Charleston, S. C., date unknown.
    US Army Signal Corp. photo.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS St. Mihiel (AP-32)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    USAT St. Mihiel US Army Order of Battle 1919-1041 Vol. 4
    US Army Master / US Navy Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Woodbridge T. Oliver ATS20 September 1920 -12 July 1928USAT St. Mihiel
    02CAPT. Bror E. Torning ATS12 July 1928 - 11 May 1929USAT St. Mihiel
    03CAPT. Woodbridge T. Oliver ATS11 May 1929 - 29 July 1929USAT St. Mihiel
    04CH. OFF. Lyle C. Fordyce ATS29 July 1929 - 22 November 1929USAT St. Mihiel
    05CAPT. Woodbridge T. Oliver ATS22 November 1929 - 13 January 1930USAT St. Mihiel
    06CH. OFF. Lyle C. Fordyce ATS13 January 1930 - 18 March 1930USAT St. Mihiel
    07CAPT. Woodbridge T. Oliver ATS18 March 1930 - 9 May 1930USAT St. Mihiel
    08CH. OFF. Lyle C. Fordyce ATS9 May 1930 - 29 July 1930USAT St. Mihiel
    09CAPT. Woodbridge T. Oliver ATS29 July 1930 - 27 June 1932USAT St. Mihiel
    10CAPT. Carl A. Olsen ATS27 June 1932 - 16 November 1932USAT St. Mihiel
     Decommissioned16 November 1932 - April 1935USAT St. Mihiel
    11CAPT. Daniel Pumphrey ATSApril 1935 - 1 November 1935USAT St. Mihiel
    12CAPT. Carl A. Olsen ATS1 November 1935 - 28 May 1937USAT St. Mihiel
    13CAPT. Clarence A. McMullen ATS28 May 1937 - 28 July 1939USAT St. Mihiel
     Decommissioned 28 July 1939 - 15 September 1939USAT St. Mihiel
    14Unknown15 September 1939 - 24 January 1940USAT St. Mihiel
    15CAPT. John P. Cotter ATS24 January 1940 - 22 January 1941USAT St. Mihiel
    16CDR., Rodgers, Edward B., USN22 July 1941 - ?USS St. Mihiel (AP-32)

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