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Lost to enemy torpedo attack, 12 November 1942, at Fedala Bay, Morocco
USS Hugh L. Scott (AP-43)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive--12 November 1942)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Purple Hearts (8 Officers, 51 Enlisted, 12 November 1943)
Hugh L. Scott Class Transport:
Built in 1921, as SS Hawkeye State, under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Sparrows Point, MD.
Operated as SS President Pierce by Dollar Steamship Co., and the American President Lines
Acquired by the US Army, 31 July 1941, and renamed USAT Hugh L. Scott
Acquired by the US Navy, 14 August 1942
Converted to a Naval Transport at Tietjen and Lang (later Todd Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.), Hoboken, N.J.
Commissioned USS Hugh L. Scott (AP-43), 7 September 1942, CAPT. Harold James Wright in command
During World War II USS Hugh L. Scott was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign;
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
|North African occupation
Algerian-Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1942
Final Disposition, sunk by a torpedo from U-130, 12 November 1942, at Fedala Bay, Morocco
Struck from the Naval Register, 7 December 1942
USS Hugh L. Scott received one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 12,579 t.
Draft 30' 6"
Speed 16 kts.
Troop Accommodations unknown
Propulsion steam turbine.
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||SS Hawkeye State photographed by her builder, Bethlehem S.B. Corp., Sparrows Point, Maryland, 18 December 1920, upon completion.
US National Archives photo # RG-32-UB.
||Dollar Steamship Co.'s passenger liner SS President Pierce underway, date and location unknown.
|USS Hugh L. Scott (AP-43)
Hugh Lenox Scott was born at Danville, Ky., 22 September 1853 and graduated from the Military Academy in 1876. He served with the cavalry at various western outposts, chiefly in Oklahoma and the Dakotas, and participated in the Indian campaigns until 1891. In 1897 he was a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution on Indian languages. After serving in various administrative posts in Cuba and the Sulu Archipelago, Philippines, 1898 to 1906, Scott was promoted to Colonel and assumed duty as Superintendent of the Military Academy. Relieved in 1910, Scott made vital contributions as a mediator and a diplomat in Indian disputes. As Brigadier General, he served on the Mexican border 1913 to 1914 and helped resolve border difficulties with Mexico. Becoming Chief of Staff of the Army in November 1914, he laid the groundwork for American participation in World War I. General Scott was a member of the Commission to Russia in 1917 and served on the Western Front with British and French divisions. Retiring from the Army in 1919, Major General Scott died 30 April 1934 at Princeton, N.J.
Portrait: Hugh Lenox Scott By Robert Oliver Skemp
Center of Military History United States Army
||USS Hugh L. Scott (AP-43) underway. date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
||USS Hugh L. Scott (AP-43) sinking at Fedala Bay, Morocco, 12 November 1942.
US Navy photo # BUAIR NWYK 10,039, 12 November 1942. Photo taken from New York (BB-34)
USS Hugh L. Scott (AP-43)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 30 August 2013
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