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USS George F. Elliott (AP-105)
International Radio Call Sign:
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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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
George F. Elliott Class Transport
Laid down in 1939 as SS Delbrasil a Maritime Commission type (C3-P) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 48) by Bethlehem Steel Corp., Sparrows Point, MD.
Delivered, 31 Mary 1940, to the Mississippi Shipping Co., for operation under a General Agency Agreement
Acquired by the US Navy, 25 August 1943
Commissioned USS George F. Elliott (AP-105), 23 September 1943, CAPT.. Alexander J. Couble in command
During World War II USS George F. Elliott was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following operations:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 22 June 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
Leyte landings, 20 and 14 October 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 9 to 16 March 1945
Following World War II USS George F. Elliott was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 10 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
USS George F Elliott earned four battle stars for World War II service
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 11 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Sold by the Maritime Commission, 22 December 1948, title passed to Farrell Lines of New York, renamed SS African Endeavor
Trade-in by Farrell Lines, 22 September 1960 to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1969, to The Boston Metals Co. for $171,666.66 in a 3 ship sale (PD-X-825 dated 13 March 1969), removed 1 May 1969
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|12 October to 17 November 1945
|15 December 1945 to 2 January 1946
Displacement 14,247 t. (fl)
Draft 25' 8"
Speed 17.8 kts,
Cargo Capacity 3,300 DWT
non-refrigerated 145,655 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
four single 3" /50 gun dual purpose gun mounts
sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
ten .50-cal machine guns
NSFO 13,150 Bbls
Diesel 240 Bbls
one General Electric steam turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
one turbo-drive 300Kw 120/240V D.C.
one turbo-drive 350Kw 120/240V D.C.
single propeller, 7,800 shp
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George F. Elliott, born 30 November 1846 in Alabama, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1870 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After serving at Washington, D.C., he fought in the Spanish-American War; in a spirited engagement with the enemy near Cuzco Valley. Marines led by Captain Elliott were victorious and returned to their camp at Guantanamo Bay. On 21 May 1908 he was appointed Major General and Commandant of the Marine Corps, a position he filled with distinction until his retirement 30 November 1910. General Elliott died 4 November 1931 in Washington, D.C.
Photo: USMC History Division
||Bows on view of USS George F. Elliott (AP-105) with an unidentified tug off San Francisco, 7 February 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1057-44
||Stern view of USS George F. Elliott (AP-105) off San Francisco, 7 February 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1058-44
||Broadside view of USS George F. Elliott (AP-105) off San Francisco, 7 February 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1059-44
||USS George F. Elliott (AP-105) off San Francisco, 7 February 1944.
US National Archives (RG-19-LCM). Photo # 19-N-63604 a US
Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||Forward plan view of USS George F. Elliott (AP-105) at San Francisco, 16 February 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1066-44
||Aft plan view of USS George F. Elliott (AP-105) at San Francisco, 16 February 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1067-44
||USS George F. Elliott (AP-105) underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||USS George F. Elliott (AP-105) off Hunters Point Naval Drydock, San Francisco, 29 May 1945.
US National Archives (RG-19-LCM), Photo # 19-N-85266 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS George F Elliott (AP-105)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Couble, Alexander John||23 January 1943 - October 1944|
|02||CAPT. Weidner, W. F.||October 1944 - 17 August 1945|
|03||CAPT. Knickerbocker, Herman Pierce||17 August 1945 - 10 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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