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AP-127 (1976 - 1981)
USNS General William O. Darby (T-AP-127) (1950 - 1967)
USAT General William O. Darby (1946 - 1950)
USAT Admiral William S. Sims (1946)
USS Admiral William S. Sims (AP-127) (1945 - 1946)

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USS Admiral William S. Sims Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


USNS General William O. Darby Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1)
Third Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


Admiral W. S. Benson Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 15 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (P2-SE2-R1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 685) at Bethlehem-Alameda Shipbuilding Corp., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 4 June 1945
  • Commissioned USS Admiral William S. Sims (AP-127), 27 September 1945, CAPT. Edward C. Holden, USNR, in command
  • Following World War II USS Admiral William S. Sims was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
    (Asia clasp)
    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    16 to 22 February 1946
    10 to 17 April 1946
    10 to 17 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Simultaneously returned to the Maritime Commission for assignment to the US Army Transportation Service
  • Commissioned USAT Admiral William S. Sims in August 1946
  • Renamed USAT General William O. Darby (date unknown)
  • Reacquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service, 28 April 1950, as USNS General William 0. Darby (T-AP-127)
  • USNS General William O. Darby performed Occupation service in Europe during the following periods:
    (Europe clasp)
    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    27 February to 1 March 1954
    24 to 29 March 1954
    21 to 24 April 1954
    14 to 22 May 1954
    11 to 13 June 1954
    5 to 7 July 1954
    28 to 30 July 1954
    25 to 27 August 1954
    17 to 19 September 1954
    10 to 12 October 1954
    6 to 8 November 1954
    15 to 17 December 1954
    14 to 16 January 1955
    7 to 9 February 1955
    4 to 6 March 1955
    9 to 12 April 1955
    4 to 5 May 1955

  • Placed out of service in 1967 at Caven Point Army Depot, N.Y.
  • Name withdrawn in June 1976, designation retained as AP-127
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration in July 1971 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Name canceled, 6 July 1976
  • Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified IX-510, October 1981
  • Placed in service at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA, 1 July 1982, to provide berthing and messing facilities
  • Placed out of service in April 1991 and returned to the James River Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 October 1993
  • Ownership transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 May 1999
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, contract signed, 13 September 2004, to Marine Metals Inc, Brownsville, TX., and removed from the James River National Defense Reserve Fleet, 16 February 2005, for scrapping. Scrapping completed, 11 September 2006
  • USNS General William 0. Darby (T-AP-127) earned one battle star for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,676 t(lt) 20,120 t.(fl)
    Length 608' 11"
    Beam 75' 6"
    Draft 26' 6" (lim)
    Speed 19 kts.
    Complement
    Officers - 33
    Enlisted - 462
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers - 270
    Enlisted - 4,715
    Cargo Capacity 100,006 cu. ft.
    Armament (Authorized but never installed)
    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 turbines
    four Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 600psi 840°
    Ship's Service Generators
    four turbo-drive 500Kw 450V A.C.
    four turbo-drive 240Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two propellers, 18,000shp

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    USS Admiral William S. Sims (AP-127)
    Admiral William S. Sims 91k
    Namesake

    William S. Sims, born in 1858 in Ontario, Canada, was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1876 and graduated in 1880. Seventeen years of sea duty were followed by assignments as Naval Attaché to Paris, St. Petersburg, and Madrid. Sims next served as Inspector of Target Practice; and, under his supervision, the naval gunnery system increased the rapidity of hits 100 percent and the general effectiveness of fire 500 percent. He also served as Naval Aide to President Theodore Roosevelt for two and one-half years. On 11 February 1917, Sims became President of the Naval War College. In March 1917, he was designated by the Secretary of the Navy as Representative of the Navy Department in London. With the entry of the United States into World War I in April, he was ordered to assume command of all American destroyers, tenders, and auxiliaries operating from British bases. In May, he was designated as Commander of United States Destroyers Operating from British Bases, with the rank of Vice Admiral; and, in June, his title was changed to Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. On 10 December 1917, he assumed additional duty as Naval Attaché, London, England. The North Sea Mine Barrage was laid under his direction. Admiral Sims again became President of the Naval War College in April 1919 and served in that capacity until his retirement on 15 October 1922. He died at Boston, Mass., on 25 September 1936.
    Image from The Life of Admiral Hahan, Charles Carlisle Taylor, 1920, London
    Bill Gonyo
    Admiral William S. Sims 75k USS Admiral William S. Sims Commissioning Program. Ron Reeves
    Admiral William S. Sims 75k USS Admiral William S. Sims at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo from the collection of LTjg Edwin H. Klump Jr. USS Russell, courtesy Mrs. Rebecca Klump Cottrell. James Madson
    Admiral William S. Sims 46k USS Admiral William S. Sims probably in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 104638 copied from the book "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles. From the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Mike Green
    Admiral William S. Sims 185k Views of USS Admiral William S. Sims at anchor in San Francisco Bay 9 May 9, 1946.
    US Naval Shipyard Mare Island photos - File name: AP 127 1171-46, Navy Photo, 5/9/46 now in the collections of the Vallejo Naval and History Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Admiral William S. Sims 232k
    USAT Admiral William S. Sims
    Admiral William S. Sims 64k USAT Admiral William S. Sims underway, circa 1946, location unknown. Ron Cheshire
    Admiral William S. Sims 64k USAT Admiral William S. Sims underway In San Francisco Bay, 9 January 1947.
    US Navy photo # NH 98770 a US Army photo now in the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USNS General William O. Darby (T-AP-127)
    General William O Darby 64k
    Namesake

    William Orlando Darby, born 8 February 1911 at Fort Smith, Ark., graduated from the U.S. Military Academy 13 June 1933 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery, Prior to the beginning of World War II, he served with the 82d, 3d, and 80th Field Artillery Divisions and with the 1st Cavalry- In 1942 he assumed command of the 1st Ranger Battalion and distinguished himself during operations in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. Promoted to Colonel 11 December 1943, he returned to the United States in April 1944 for duty with the Army Ground Forces and later with the Operations Division, War Department General Staff. He returned to Europe in March 1945, and became Assistant Commander of the 10th Mountain Division the following month. He was killed by an exploding shell 30 April 1945 and was posthumously promoted to Brigadier General.
    Photo from U.S. Army Combined Arms Center
    Bill Gonyo
    General William O Darby 104k USNS General William O. Darby (T-AP-127) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Leonhardt
    General William O Darby 140k USNS General William O. Darby (T-AP-127) underway, date and location unknown,
    US Navy photo
    William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    General William O Darby 37k USNS General William O. Darby underway circa 1950s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 104019 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    General William O Darby 65k USNS General William O. Darby underway circa 1950s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 104178 from the Military Sealift Command collection at the US Naval Historical Center..
    US Naval Historical Center
    General William O Darby 68k USNS General William O. Darby testing her Atomic, Biological and Chemical (ABC) water wash down system circa the 1950s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 104179 from the Military Sealift Command collection at the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    General William O Darby 188k USNS General William O. Darby underway in the early 1950s. Photo from a US Navy photo post card dated March 1953. Tommy Trampp
    General William O Darby 56k USNS General William O. Darby pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, in 1963. Underway on the left is USNS Geiger (T-AP-197), and in the distance in the center is one of Darby's sisters, most likely either USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122) or USNS General Simon B. Buckner (T-AP-123). .
    US Navy photo # NH 104180 from the Military Sealift Command collection at the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    General William O Darby 752k USNS General William O. Darby departing the US Army Port of Embarkation, Bremerhaven, Germany in the spring/summer 1963.
    Photos by Heinz-Georg Ernst, submitted in his memory by his son Kai-Peter Ernst, Bremen, Germany
    General William O Darby 512
    General William O Darby 575
    General William O Darby 725
    General William O Darby 686
    General William O Darby 576
    General William O Darby 629
    General William O Darby 768
    General William O Darby 70k Four MSTS Atlantic Fleet transports in Ready Reserve at Caven Point Army Depot, New York, circa early 1967. The ship in the right foreground is USNS General Simon B. Buckner (T-AP-123), with USNS 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
    General William O Darby 104k USNS General William O. Darby (T-AP-127) underway, circa 1966, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Ron Titus,196th Light Infantry Brigade
    IX-510
    General William O Darby 80k IX-510 in service as a barracks ship for USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during her 1983-84 refit at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. Note the merchant LNG (natural gas) carrier alongside IX-510 Bob Royes
    General William O Darby 114k IX-510 moored at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Newport News, VA., where she served as a barracks ship to house the crews of aircraft carriers being overhauled.
    US Defense Visual Information Center Photo # DN-ST-90-09605 a US Navy photo by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.)
    Mike Green

    USS Admiral William S. Sims (AP-127) / USNS General William O. Darby (T-AP-127)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Holder Jr., Edward C. :VADM27 September 1945 - 21 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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