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USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120)
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USAT General Daniel I. Sultan (1946 - 1950)
USS Admiral W. S. Benson (AP-120) (1944 - 1946)


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USS Admiral W. S. Benson 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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp


USNS General Daniel I. Sultan, Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (1)
Bottom Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


Admiral W. S. Benson Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 10 December 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (P2-SE2-R1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 678) at Bethlehem-Alameda Shipyard Inc., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 22 November 1943
  • Completed, delivered to Maritime Commission and transferred to the US Navy, 26 January 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 23 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Admiral W. S. Benson (AP-120), 23 August 1944, CAPT. Francis H. Gardner in command
  • During and after World War II USS Admiral W. S. Benson operated in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Following World War II USS Admiral W. S. Benson was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    11 October to 10 November 1945
    1 to 8 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 3 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Acquired by the US Army Transport Service and renamed USAT General Daniel I. Sultan
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 1 March 1950 and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120)
  • During the Korean War USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Offensive
    30 to 31 July 1950
    Communist China Aggression
    8 to 25 December 1950

  • During the Vietnam War USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) participated in the campaign:
    Vietnam War
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense Campaign
    28 August 1965
  • Placed out of service, 7 November 1968
  • Transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in Taiwan in 1987
  • USNS General Daniel I. Sultan received two battle stars for Korean war service and one campaign star for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,676 t.(lt) 20,120 t.(fl)
    Length 608' 11"
    Beam 75' 6"
    Draft 26' 11"
    Speed 19 kts.
    Complement
    Officers38
    Enlisted 361
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 280
    Enlisted 4,431
    Cargo Capacity 100,000 cu. ft.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    fourteen twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 25,600 Bbls
    Diesel 350 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two General Electric turbo-electric engines
    four Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 600psi 840°
    Ship's Service Generators
    four turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 200Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two propellers, 18,000shp

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    USS Admiral W. S. Benson (AP-120)
    Admiral W S Benson 154k
    Namesake

    William Shepherd Benson was born in Macon, Georgia, on 25 September 1855. Completion of his U.S. Naval Academy studies in 1877 was followed by years of sea duty, including a cruise around the World in USS Dolphin during the 1880s. He was also active in coast survey and hydrographic duties, was an instructor at the Naval Academy, commanded the cruiser USS Albany and served as a flag aide and fleet chief of staff, in addition to other assignments. In 1911, Captain Benson became the first Commanding Officer of the battleship USS Utah (BB-31). He was Commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1913-15, and from there was ordered to Washington, D.C., where he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and became the Navy's first Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Benson was heavily involved in defining the functions of the new CNO position and strengthening the Navy during a period marked by internal Navy Department tensions, U.S. interventions in the Caribbean and Central America, and the European war crisis. Promoted to the rank of Admiral in 1916, his responsibilities greatly expanded when the United States entered the First World War in April 1917. Over the next year and a half, he oversaw a huge expansion of the Navy, the extension of its operations to European waters and the transportation of the United States' Army to France. After the November 1918 Armistice, he was an active participant in the lengthy peace negotiations held in France. Admiral Benson retired from the Naval service in September 1919. Over the next decade, he was active in the leadership of the U.S. Shipping Board. Admiral William S. Benson died in Washington, D.C. on 20 May 1932.
    US Navy photo # NH 58904. Admiral William S. Benson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations, portrait photograph, in Special Full Dress uniform, circa 1916-1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
    Bill Gonyo
    Admiral W S Benson 68k Admiral W. S. Benson (AP-120) launching, 22 November 1943, at Bethlehem-Alameda Shipyard Inc., Alameda, CA.
    Photos from the archives of the San Francisco Examiner.
    David Smith
    Admiral W S Benson 88k
    Admiral W S Benson 19k Admiral W. S. Benson (AP-120) anchored in San Francisco Bay, 5 August 1944. Note 5"/38 dual-purpose guns forward, groups of 20mm guns, kingposts fore and aft, and life floats stacked amidships (as opposed to the boats that equipped these ships later in their careers). A censor has carefully deleted the radar at the transport's foremast
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 96631.
    Robert Hurst
    Admiral W S Benson 74k USS Admiral W. S. Benson (AP-120) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Admiral W S Benson 63k USS Admiral W. S. Benson (AP-120) anchored, date and location unknown.
    Photo from Lanier (APA-125) cruise book, 1944-46.
    Russ Padden
    USAT General Daniel I. Sultan
    USAT General Daniel I Sultan 18k
    Namesake

    Daniel Isom Sultan, born December 9, 1885 at Oxford, Mississippi, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1907 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. Prior to World War I, he served in the Philippine Islands and was in charge of the construction of fortifications on Corregidor. In 1918 he was assigned to the War Department General Staff in France. From 1929 to 1931, he commanded troops during a survey of the proposed Inter-Ocean Canal route through Nicaragua; and, from 1934 to 1938, he presided as a Commissioner of the District of Columbia. Promoted to Brigadier General July 8, 1939, he was in command of the 38th Infantry Division at the beginning of World War II. Following his command of the VIII Corps, he was ordered to the China-Burma-India Theater in 1943 to act as Deputy Commander under General Joseph Stilwell. He was promoted to Lieutenant General September 2, 1944 and on October 24 became Commander of the India-Burma Theater. Returning to the United States June 26, 1945, he was appointed Inspector General of the Army on July 14. General Sultan died January 14, 1947 at Washington, D.C., while on active duty.
    U.S. Army Photo
    Bill Gonyo
    USAT General Daniel I Sultan 57k USAT General Daniel I. Sultan underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Military Sea Transportation Service Society
    USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120)
    Admiral W S Benson 119k USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) underway, date and location unknown. Carl R. Friberg Jr.
    Admiral W S Benson 85k USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) underway in San Francisco Bay, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Admiral W S Benson 393k USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) underway, circa 1950s, date unknown. James T. Ezell for his father Col. Bert P. Ezell, USA (ret), deceased.
    Admiral W S Benson 1808k USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) arriving Yokohama, Japan in 195. Terrence Maher
    Admiral W S Benson 691k Accommodations for families of junior officers were spartan aboard USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) This the family of USAF Captain Maher in their cabin. Mother's were warned to keep children away from portholes as they were dangerous. Terrence Maher
    Admiral W S Benson 63k USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) postcard, circa , 1957. Millard Greer
    Admiral W S Benson 98k General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) moored pierside Naha, Okinawa, 1957. Millard Greer
    Admiral W S Benson 68k USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) moored pierside Oakland, CA., 1957. Millard Greer
    Admiral W S Benson 68k USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) moored pierside Oakland, CA., 1957. Millard Greer

    USS Admiral W. S. Benson / USNS General Daniel I Sultan (AP-120)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Gardner, Francis Hartt23 August 1944 - 3 April 1946
    02CDR. Allen, David S.3 April 1946 - 3 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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