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USAT Willard A. Holbrook
Willard A. Holbrook (AP-44)
Laid down, 3 October 1918, as SS Bertice under USSB contract 1165 at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Sparrows Point, MD.
Launched, 24 July 1920
Completed and delivered, 30 April 1921 as SS Buckeye State
Acquired by the American President Line, name changed to SS President Taft in 1923
Acquired by the US War Department, 17 June 1941, for use as an Army Transport, renamed USAT Willard A. Holbrook
Designated (AP-44) by the US Navy but never taken over by the Navy remaining under Army control throughout World War II
Conversion to Army hospital ship USAHS Armin W. Leuschner in 1944 at Mobile, AL canceled, reverted to transport USAT Willard A. Holbrook in 1945
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, 8 March 1948
Title transferred to the Maritime Commission, 21 July 1948
Transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 11 November 1949
Declared surplus to Maritime Commission needs, 12 December 1949
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 October 1957, to Bethlehem Steel Co.
Displacement 6,696 t.(lt) 14,476 t.(fl)
Draft 25' 7"
Speed 17.9 kts.
Troop Capacity unknown
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
one General Electric steam turbine
single propeller, 7,800shp
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||SS President Taft, dry docked at Mare Island Navy Yard, 1924.
|USAT William A. Holbrook
||USAT Willard A. Holbrook underway circa 1941, looking like a recruiting poster for the Army. At this time she still retained the name President Taft from her previous service with the American President Line, Originally designated AP-44 by the Navy but handed over to and operated by the Army.
US Army Military History Institute photo and text from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
||USAT Willard A. Holbrook arriving at Brisbane, 22 December 1941.
||State Library of Queensland, Australia
||Shellback certificate issued to Ken Kohler for crossing the Equator while aboard USAT Willard A. Holbrook, date unknown.
||Carol Edgemon Hipperson for Evi Kohler the widow of Ken Kohler
There is no DANFS history available for Willard A. Holbrook (AP-44) at NavSource
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Ship's Newspaper "Holbrook Hearld"
Last Updated 18 July 2014
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