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USAT Thomas H. Barry
Thomas H. Barry (AP-45)
Laid down, date unknown, as SS Oriente for the Ward Line at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News
Launched, 15 May 1930
Completed, 21 November 1930 for Ward Line service between New York and Havana, Cuba.
Purchased by the US War Department, 14 June 1941, at New York for use as an Army Transport
Designated (AP-45) by the US Navy but never taken over by the Navy remaining under Army control throughout World War II
Declared surplus to US Army needs and laid up, 24 January 1950, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Lee Hall, VA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 November 1957, to Bethlehem Steel
Displacement 11,250 t.
Beam 70' 9"
Draft 27' 3"
Speed 18 kts.
Troop Capacity 3,609
two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
eight .50 cal. machine guns
Propulsion two steam turbines, twin shafts
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Major General Thomas H. Barry graduated from West Point in 1877. He participated in the Indian Wars in the Dakotas and Montana as a Second Lieutenant in the Seventh Cavalry. He advanced through the ranks at a brisk pace for the time period. In 1893 he was appointed Assistant Adjutant General of the Army by Secretary Lamont. He During the Spanish American War he served in the Philippines. Brigadier-General Thomas H Barry of the United States Army was a participant in the Cuban Pacification in the year of 1908. The Army of Cuban Pacification Medal NO. 1 was presented to Major General Thomas H. Barry on June 1, 1909. In 1910 he was appointed the Superintendent of West Point. Major General Thomas H. Barry was the commanding general of the 86th Infantry Division of the United States Army in World War I. He retired from the Army on Oct. 13, 1918. On December 30, 1919 Major General Thomas H. Barry died at Walter Reed General Army Hospital having been ill for three weeks suffering form Bright’s disease. He was interned in New York with full military honors.
Digital ID: ggbain 02662 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
||USAT Thomas H Barry formerly SS Oriente, (sister ship of the ill-fated ss Morro Castle, which was destroyed by fire off Asbury Park, N J, 8 September 1930), seen here off Norfolk, VA.
||William J Quince - Fireman USAT Barry - 26 Oct 1949 to 17 Nov 1949.
||USAT Thomas H Barry underway, date and location unknown.
Photos and text from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
||USAT Thomas H Barry moored astern of USAT Henry Gibbons, at the Brooklyn, N.Y., Army Base, in August 1941.
US National Archives RG-111, photo # SC 126006 a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
Thomas H Barry (AP-45)
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