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USS General William Mitchell (T-AP-114)
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USS General William Mitchell (AP-114) (1944 - 1950)

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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS General William Mitchell was manned by the US Coast Guard during WWII
General John Pope Class Transport:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (P2-S2-R2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC 672) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • Launched, 31 October 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 15 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS General William Mitchell (AP-114), 19 January 1944, CAPT. Henry Coyle, USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS William Mitchell (AP-114) operated in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and the Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Following World War II USS William Mitchell was assigned to Occupation and China service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    10 to 15 September 194616 to 30 September 1946
    1 to 2 October 19462 to 9 September 1947
    24 August to 1 September 194729 March to 2 April 1948
    17 to 20 August 19489 to 16 August 1948
    10 to 14 November 194831 October to 7 November 1948
     7 March 1953
     27 February 1954
     12 October 1956

  • Assigned to MSTS in 1950 redesignated USS William Mitchell (T-AP-114)
  • During the Korean War USS General William Mitchell participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression, 16 to 17 August 1950 First UN Counter Offensive, 28 February to 1 March 1951
    Communist China Aggression, 21 November to 25 December 1950 UN Summer-Fall Offensive, 11 to 12 September 1951

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 December 1966, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 June 1987, by the Maritime Administration, for $1,270,000, scrapped in Taiwan in 1988
  • USS General William Mitchell received four battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,450 t.(lt), 20,175 t.(fl)
    Length 622' 7"
    Beam 75' 6"
    Draft 25' 6"
    Speed 20.6 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 33
    Enlisted 419
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 393
    Enlisted 4,896
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,700 DWT
    non-refrigerated 145,680 Cu ft.
    refrigerated 33,631 Cu ft.
    WWII Armament
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four quad 1.1" AA gun mounts (replaced by four quad 40mm AA gun mounts)
    twenty single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 19,600 Bbls
    Diesel 410 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two De Laval steam turbines
    four Foster-Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gears
    four turbo-drive 400Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships Service Generators
    twin propellers, 17,000shp

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    USS General William Mitchell (AP-114)
    General William Mitchell 95k
    Namesake

    William Lendrum Mitchell, born in 1879 in Nice, France, enlisted in the Army as a private in 1898 and served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. After return to the United States, he led in the precarious construction of a telegraph network in Alaska, and then pioneered in U.S. Army aviation. He rapidly rose in rank, and, when he commanded the U.S. air forces in France in World War I, he was promoted Brigadier General. After the war, General "Billy" Mitchell was made Director of Military Aviation in the U.S. Army and argued violently for a large, independent air force. His caustic-public criticism of military and naval leaders led to his court-martial in 1926. After resignation, General Mitchell remained a bitter critic of Army and government policy. He died in 1936.
    Portrait: University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
    Bill Gonyo
    General William Mitchell 73k Launching of USS General William Mitchell (AP-114), 31 October 1943, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J. Bill Gonyo
    General William Mitchell 147k USS General William Mitchell (AP-114) at anchor, 3 February 1944, near New York Navy Yard soon after completion. She has an array of ten triple-banked Welin boat davits, which in large transports carried regular life boats instead of landing craft. Postwar modifications to this class included reducing the number of Welins or replacing them entirely with merchant type davits.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-6059 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    General William Mitchell 47k USS General William Mitchell (AP-114) at US Army Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA., 29 August 1944.
    Official US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the Library of Virginia. Image No. C1:2/20/019
    The Library of Virginia, US Army Signal Corps Photographic Collection
    General William Mitchell 88k USS General William Mitchell (AP-114) moored at Pavuvu, Russell Islands, November 1944 while embarking 3500 members of the Marine Corps, 1st Division, veterans of Guadalcanal and Peleliu, for return to the United States. Patrick Dailey for his Father Frank Dailey YN2 USS General William Mitchell 1944-45
    General William Mitchell 123k USS General William Mitchell (AP-114) moored at Pavuvu, Russell Islands, November 1944 while embarking 3500 members of the Marine Corps, 1st Division, veterans of Guadalcanal and Peleliu, for return to the United States. This photo appears to be a cropped version of the above photo.
    Photo from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian/s Office
    Mike Green
    General William Mitchell 79k USS General William Mitchell (AP-114) bringing the troops home during "Operation Magic Carpet" 1945-46. William Diggs
    LST-1120 885k Aerial view of ships berthed at Mare Island, 8 February 1946.
    Left (inboard to outboard):
    USS LST-1134,
    USS LST-828,
    USS LST-1088,
    USS LST-1120
    and YOS-1.
    Right (inboard to outboard):
    USS General William Mitchell (AP-114),
    USS General G. M. Randall (AP-115),
    YD-33 and what appears to be
    YC-293.
    Darryl Baker
    General William Mitchell 343k USS General William Mitchell (AP-114) drydocked in 1946, location unknown.  
    General William Mitchell 198k USS General William Mitchell (T-AP-114) moored dockside, Yokosuka, Japan, 1949. Derick Hartshorn
    USS General William Mitchell (T-AP-114)
    General William Mitchell 367k USS General William Mitchell (T-AP-114) underway in San Francisco Bay, 26 September 1951, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background. Robert M. Cieri
    General William Mitchell 277k USS General William Mitchell (T-AP-114) underway, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy Ted Stone. Robert Hurst
    General William Mitchell 78k USS General William Mitchell (T-AP-114) passes under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay, 26 September 1951. She was inbound from Korea with men of the First Marine Division on board. They were returning home under the Korean War rotation plan. Note welcoming fireboat at left.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-434460, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    General William Mitchell 108k Men of the First Marine Division crowd the rail of USS General William Mitchell (T-AP-114) as the transport docks at Treasure Island, CA., 26 September 1951. They are returning to the U.S. under the Korean War rotation plan.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-434459-A, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS General William Mitchell (AP-114 / T-AP-114)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Coyle, Henry USCG19 January 1944 - 28 November 1944
    02CDR. Anderson, C. A. USCG28 November 1944 - 8 December 1944
    03CAPT. Rountree, John USCG8 December 1944 - ?
    04CAPT. Creasor, Philip Swanton, USN (25)1950 - 1951
    05CAPT. Royall, William Freeman, USN (27) :RADM1951 - March 1952
    06CAPT. MacIntyre, Alezander USN (25)March 1952 - ?
    07CAPT. Creasor, Philip Swanton, USN (25)1955 - 1956
    08CAPT. Steinke, Frederick Samuel1956 - 1957
    09CAPT. Hackett Jr., James Edward1958 - ?
    10CAPT. Bower, Carl Rogers1960 - 1963
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - General William Mitchell AP-114

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