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USS President Monroe (AP-104)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Kilo - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

President Jackson Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 13 November 1939, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-P P&C) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 54) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co. Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 7 August 1940
  • Delivered to American President Lines for merchant service, 19 December 1940
  • Acquired by the Navy, 18 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS President Monroe (AP-104), 20 August 1943, CAPT. George D. Morrison USN in command
  • During World War II USS President Monroe was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following operations:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation
    Abmama Atoll, 29 November to 3 December 1943
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, San Fabian area, 11 to 13 January 1945
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll (Eniwetok, Engebi, Parry), 17to 25 February 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 9 to 16 March 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 25 July 1944
  • Following World War II USS President Monroe was assigned to Occupation service from 6 to 29 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 February 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 21 February 1946
  • Returned to American President Lines, 12 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • USS President Monroe earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold, 21 December 1965, to Greek Shipping Company, re-flagged Panama, renamed SS Marianna V
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1973
    Displacement 15,475 t.(fl)
    Length 491' 10"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 9"
    Speed 18.4 kts.
    Officers 43
    Enlisted 461
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 107
    Enlisted 1,936
    Cargo Capacity 3,600 DWT
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 13,400 Bbls
    Diesel 2,000 Bbls
    one Newport News geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS President Monroe (AP-104)
    President Monroe 124k USS President Monroe (AP-104) moored pierside at Kodiak, Alaska, 15 September 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 80-G-213218, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    President Monroe 586k USS President Monroe (AP-104) and USS LST-483 docked at Adak, Alaska, 20 September 1943. As SeaBees load a barge with material for the airfield they are building at Tanaga Island, Alaska. Steve Franklin
    President Monroe 104k Aft plan view of USS President Monroe (AP-104) at San Francisco, 2 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7476-43
    Darryl Baker
    President Monroe 101k Forward plan view of USS President Monroe (AP-104) at San Francisco, 2 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7478-43
    Darryl Baker
    President Monroe 79k USS President Monroe (AP-104) at anchor, 1944, location unknown. Courtesy, Chuck Ulrich, coordinator/historian AP Transport Group
    President Monroe 18k USS President Monroe (AP-104) at anchor, date and location unknown. John M. Mansfield
    President Monroe
    318k USS President Monroe (AP-104) emerges from a smoke screen laid down by USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25) in Kwajalein Lagoon during assault on the Marshall Islands, 12 February 1944. Smoke was generated to hide ships from Japanese aircraft detected in the area. (ref. USS Arthur Middleton War Diary 1/1/44 to 2/29/44).
    US National Archives Identifier 205585888, Local Identifier 26-G-3249 Coast Guard Photo 26-G-3249.
    David Upton
    President Monroe 189k USS President Monroe (AP-104) at anchor at Funafuti, Ellice Islands, early March 1944. Bradford Kirby for his father Robert W. Kirby, Sr., USS President Monroe
    President Monroe 215k View forward from USS President Monroe (AP-104), observing Naval gunfire in support of Marine ground operations on Guam on D or D+1 day on the northern beachhead. Bradford Kirby for his father CDR. Robert W. Kirby, Sr., SC USN USS President Monroe
    President Monroe 241k Bringing a Marine casualty aboard USS President Monroe (AP-104)by hoisting an LCVP to ship's rail, D+1 or D+2 day in the invasion of Guam Bradford Kirby for his father CDR. Robert W. Kirby, Sr., SC USN USS President Monroe
    President Monroe 91k USS President Monroe (AP-104) during "Magic Carpet" operations arriving at San Francisco in late 1945 with Pacific veterans.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 78583, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service American President Lines
    President Monroe 50k Ex-USS President Monroe (AP-104) in the service of the American President Line's as SS President Monroe, moored pierside, Boston, August 1960. © Richard Leonhardt

    USS President Monroe (AP-104)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. George Douglas Morrison, USN (USNA 1920)20 August 1943 - 1 May 1944
    02CDR. Robinson, Hunter Robert, USNR1 May 1944 - 9 May 1944
    03CDR. Payne, James Michael, USNR9 May 1944 - 21 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation

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