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USS General George M. Randall (AP-115)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Lima - Quebec
NJLQ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon)
Fourth Row - Philippine Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS General George M. Randall was manned by the US Coast Guard during WWII
General John Pope Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 20 July 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (P2-S2-R2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 673) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • Launched, 30 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS General George M. Randall (AP-115), 15 April 1944, CAPT. Carl C. von Paulsen, USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) operated in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and the Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Following World War II USS General George M. Randall was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    27 October to 3 November 194524 March to 16 April 1946
    6 to 11 December 194528 September to 8 October 1946
    28 to 30 July 194627 May to 4 June 1948
    21 to 27 September 194630 to 31 March 1954
    9 to 10 October 1946 
    23 to 26 May 1948 
    25 to 30 September 1948 

  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) in October 1949
  • Decommissioned, 2 June 1961, at Bayonne, N.J.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 16 August 1961, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 May 1975, for $687,000 and scrapped in Taiwan
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,450 t.(lt) 20,175 t.(fl)
    Length 622' 7"
    Beam 75' 6"
    Draft 25' 6"
    Speed 20.6 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 45
    Enlisted 459
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 393
    Enlisted 4,876
    Cargo Capacity 2,700 DWT
    non-refrigerated 145,000 Cu ft.
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40MM AA gun mounts
    sixteen 1.1" AA gun mounts replaced by twenty single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 19,600
    Diesel 410 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two De Laval Turbines
    four Foster & Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 763°
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gears
    four 400Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin propellers, 8,500shp

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    USS General George M. Randall (AP-115)
    General George M Randall 134k
    Namesake

    George Morton Randall, born 8 October 1841 at Conneaut, Ohio, enlisted as a private in the 4th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in the fall of 1861. He served in New York and Washington, and in the field with the Army of Potomac. Brevetted Captain for gallant service in the Battle of Antietam, he was brevetted Lieutenant Colonel, then Colonel for gallantry in the attack on Fort Stedman. Va. After fighting Indians on the southwestern frontier, he served with the Big Horn, Yellowstone, and Powder expeditions against Indians in the Rockies. General Randall subsequently was on duty at New York and Knoxville, Tenn., prior to commanding the Department of Luzon in the Philippines from 1903 to 1905. After further duty at St. Louis, General Randall retired 8 October 1905 and died 14 June 1918 at Denver, Colo.
    Digital ID: cwpb 04974 Source: Library of Congress Prints
    Bill Gonyo
    General George M Randall 69k USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) underway in 1944, location unknown. Note camouflage scheme measure 32/10T.
    US Navy photo.
    Courtesy, Chuck Ulrich, coordinator/historian AP Transport Group
    General George M Randall 79k USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) underway in 1945, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Courtesy, Chuck Ulrich, coordinator/historian AP Transport Group
    General George M Randall 290k USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) underway, date and location unknown. Mike Wade
    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 George M Randall 260k Views of USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) while berthed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 19, February 19, 1946.
    US Navy photos - File name: AP 115 734-46, Navy Photo, 2/19/46 from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and History Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    General George M Randall 372k
    General George M Randall 84k USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) docked at Naval Supply Center Oakland, CA.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1949
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    General George M Randall 84k USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) docked at Yokosuka, Japan, circa 1950. Photo by Clifford E. Bartysal, MNCM USN (Ret.) Derick S. Hartshorn
    General George M Randall 94k USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) departs Yokohama, Japan with the first Korean War dead to be returned to the United States., 11 March 1951
    US National Archives photo 80-G-427104, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    General George M Randall 74k USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) departs Yokohama, Japan, with the first Korean War dead to be returned to the United States. Photo dated 11 March 1951. Photographed by C. K. Rose. Note Armed Services honor guards in attendance, Army Band, and press area at left.
    US National Archives photo 80-G-427106, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    General George M Randall 43k USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) underway, date and location unknown. Keith Fannon
    General George M Randall 51k USS General George M. Randall (AP-115) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany in October 1957. George Clough

    USS General George M Randall (AP-115)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Von Paulsen, Carl C. USCG15 March 1944 - April 1945
    02CAPT. Chapman, Joseph Ellsworth1945
    03CAPT. Baker, Lee H. USCGApril 1945 - 1 October 1945
    04CAPT. Belford, H. G. USCG1 October 1945 - ?
    05CAPT. Coulter, Howard NixonOctober 1946 - October 1947
    06CAPT. Cravens, Eugene Donaldno dates
    07CAPT. Thorington, Alexander Clark, USN (25)1950 - 1951
    08CAPT. O'Daniel, Orville Kenneth, USN (26)1951 - 1952
    09CDR. Latimer, Clement Thomas1952
    10CAPT. Harris, Morgan Hamilton10 May 1957 - April 1958
    11CAPT. Knapper, John Kelley15 January 1960 - October 1960
    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
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS General George M. Randall AP-115
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