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USAT Thomas H. Barry
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Thomas H. Barry (AP-45)


Passenger Transport:
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,250 t.
    Length 508'
    Beam 70' 9"
    Draft 27' 3"
    Speed 18 kts.
    Troop Capacity 3,609
    Armament
    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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    Namesake

    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
    Bill Gonyo
    Barry 120k 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.
    Barry 230k 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
    Robert Hurst
    Barry 98k 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.
    Mike Green

    Thomas H Barry (AP-45)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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