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USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122)
USAT General Alexander M. Patch (1946 - 1950)
USS Admiral R. E. Coontz (AP-122) (1944 - 1946)

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USS Admiral R. E. Coontz 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 and Europe clasps)

USNS General Alexander M. Patch Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (1)

Admiral W. S. Benson Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 15 January 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (P2-SE2-R1), hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 680), at Bethlehem-Alameda Shipyard Inc., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 22 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS Admiral R. E. Coontz (AP-122), 21 November 1944, CAPT. Montford R. Tawes, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Admiral R. E. Coontz operated in both the Asiatic-Pacific and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters
  • Following World War II USS Admiral R. E. Coontz was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    15 to 28 September 1945
    5 to 17 November 1945
    11 to 16 December 1945
    1 to 10 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 24 March 1946, at Todd Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for transferred to the US Army Transportation Service, renamed USAT General Alexander M. Patch
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 3 March 1950, and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122)
  • During the Vietnam War USNS General Alexander M. Patch participated in the following campaign

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II, 13 August 1966
  • Placed out of service in the summer of 1967, on the Hudson River.N.Y.
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 26 May 1970, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 August 1990
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 June 2001, to Esco Marine Inc., Brownsville, TX.
    Displacement 9,676 t.(lt) 20,120 t.(fl)
    Length 608' 11"
    Beam 75' 6"
    Draft 26' 11"
    Speed 19 kts.
    Enlisted 361
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 280
    Enlisted 4,431
    Cargo Capacity 100,000 cu. ft.
    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
    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 R. E. Coontz (AP-122)
    Admiral R. E. Coontz 78k
    Robert Edward Coontz —born in Hannibal, Mo., on 11 June 1864—graduated in the Naval Academy Class of 1885, and served in the screw sloops-of-war Mohican and Juniata, the screw steamer Galena, and the protected cruiser Atlanta before he received his ensign's commission in 1887. He assisted in the development of the first modern signal code used by the Navy, and served in Alaskan waters and on the Great Lakes.
    Duty in the Bureau of Navigation, correcting and updating officer records, followed. During this time, he worked toward the formulation of legislation favorably affecting junior officers. Coontz later served with the Coast and Geodetic Survey; and, in the cruiser Charleston, took part in the seizure of Guam and the bombardment of Manila during the Spanish-American War.
    After returning home he began almost a decade of sea duty, interrupted only by a brief tour with the Bureau of Equipment. As executive officer of Nebraska (Battleship No. 14), he took part in the cruise of the "Great White Fleet" from 1907 to 1909.
    Duty at the Naval Academy led to the office of Commandant of Midshipmen. Following service in the Bureau of Inspection and Survey he became Governor of Guam in April 1912. After exercising "efficient and enlightened" leadership in that island possession, Coontz assumed command of Georgia (Battleship No. 15), and saw expeditionary service in Mexican and Haitian waters during 1914.
    As commandant of the Puget Sound Navy Yard and the 13th Naval District from 1915 to 1918, Coontz won the Distinguished Service Medal. Becoming acting Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in December 1918 while Admiral William S. Benson was on special duty in London, Coontz assisted the General Board in preparing a plan for a possible international navy under the League of Nations to maintain world peace. Given command of a battleship division in January 1919, Coontz supported the July 1919 flight of the NC flying boats across the Atlantic. After serving as Commander, Battleship Division 6, Pacific Fleet in September and October, Coontz became Chief of Naval Operations on 1 November 1919. During his tour as CNO from 1919 to 1925, Coontz achieved much despite the rapid demobilization of the Navy in the postwar years. He improved the organization and management of the Navy Department, and he strengthened the position of CNO in relation to the bureau chiefs. He realized the importance of aviation and submarines to the fleet, and advocated establishment of the Naval Research Laboratory in 1921. Under his direction a combined United States Fleet was formed. In the words of one biographer, Coontz "effectively encouraged experimentation and supported change, despite the constraints of the budget, politics, and the national mood." Following his term as CNO, Coontz became Commander in Chief of the United States Fleet. Maneuvers in Hawaiian waters in 1925 were the largest ever conducted by the assembled fleet. In the fall of 1925, Coontz became Commandant of the 5th Naval District and commanding officer of the Naval Operating Base, Norfolk. Following his retirement in 1928, Coontz was recalled briefly to active duty in 1930 to investigate Alaskan railroads. He became national commander in chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1932 and, that same year, represented Alaska at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Coontz died on 26 January 1935 in the naval hospital at Bremerton, Wash.

    US Navy photo # 364 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Bill Gonyo
    Admiral R. E. Coontz 104k Admiral R. E. Coontz (AP-122) launching, 22 April 1944 at Bethlehem-Alameda Shipyard Inc., Alameda, CA.
    Photo from Lanier (APA-125) cruise book, 1944-46.
    Russ Padden
    USAT General Alexander M. Patch
    General Alexander M Patch 96k
    Alexander McCarrell Patch, Jr., born 23 November 1889 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., graduated from the U.S. Military Academy 12 June 1913 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. Prior to World War I, he served in Texas and Arizona; and from June 1917 until May 1919 he joined the 18th Infantry in France participating in the Aisne-Marne, St. Mihel, and Meuse-Argonne Offensives. During the next 20 years he was stationed at various posts in the United States. Assigned to the 47th Infantry at Fort Bragg, N.C., in August 1940, he was promoted to Brigadier General 4 August 1941. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he assumed command of Allied forces in New Caledonia 12 March 1942, and on 8 December he relieved General Vandegrift, USMC, on Guadalcanal and took command of composite American forces operating against the Japanese in the Solomon Islands. He returned to the United States in April 1943 and assumed command of the IV Corps. In March 1944 he was designated Commanding General of the 7th Army in Sicily. Promoted to Lieutenant General 7 August 1944, he served with the 7th Army in France. He then took command of the 4th Army in July 1945 and died 21 November while on duty at Fort Sam Houston, Tex.
    U.S. Army Photo
    Bill Gonyo
    USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122)
    General Alexander M Patch 101k USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122) berthed at Bremerhaven, Germany, circa 1950. Note; she is still wearing her US Army Transportation Service colors. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    General Alexander M Patch 23k USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122) entering New York harbor, 14 June 1950. Note; she is still wearing her US Army Transportation Service colors.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-476456
    Robert Hurst
    General Alexander M Patch 64k USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Ramon Jackson
    General Alexander M Patch 58k USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    General Alexander M Patch 70k USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122) under way, date and location unknown. William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    General Alexander M Patch 81k USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    General Alexander M Patch 90k USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122) entering the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, circa 1965.
    US Navy photo
    Ron Titus,196th Light Infantry Brigade
    General William O Darby 70k Four MSTS Atlantic Fleet transports in Ready Reserve at Cavin Point Army Depot, New York, circa early 1967. The ship in the right foreground is USNS General Simon B. Buckner (T-AP-123), with USN General William O. Darby (T-AP-127) on the far side of the pier. Ahead of them respectively are USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122) and USNS General Maurice Rose (T-AP-126). .
    US Navy photo # NH 104181 from the Military Sealift Command collection at the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    USS Admiral R. E. Coontz (AP-122)
    USNS General Alexander M Patch (T-AP-122
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Tawes, Montford Rupert21 November 1944 - 25 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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