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USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Bravo - India
NJBI
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


General G. O. Squier Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 29 June 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 655) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Inc., Yard 3, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 21 February 1943
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission by the Navy, 10 December 1943
  • Converted fitted out for Naval Service at Naval Transport at Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132), 20 January 1944, CAPT. David L. Nutter in command
  • During World War II USS General J. R. Brooks operated in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Decommissioned, 3 July 1946, at Newport News, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 17 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Merchant Service
  • Title exchange, 7 April 1964, to Bethlehem Steel Corp., Wilmington, DE.
  • Renamed SS Marymar, 27 May 1964
  • Converted to a general cargo vessel, 21 November 1964
  • Sold to, 10 August 1976, to Marlin Steamship Co., Inc., renamed SS Marlin
  • Renamed SS Mary, 27 September 1976
  • Final Disposition, sold 28 April 1979, for scrapping to Sing Chen Yung Iron & Steel Co. LTD., Taiwan

  • Specifications:
    Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 39
    Enlisted 432
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 228
    Enlisted 3,216
    Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 70,000 Cu ft.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    fifteen twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 13,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 400Kw 240V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 9,000shp

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    USS J. R. Brooke (AP-132)
    General J.R. Brooke 89k
    Namesake

    John Rutter Brooke, born in Montgomery County, Pa., 21 July 1838, was educated at Freeland Seminary. He served in the Army briefly at the start of the Civil War, was mustered out, but returned as a Colonel in the 53d Pennsylvania Infantry. Colonel Brooke fought in the Peninsular Campaign and at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, earning a reputation as an exceptional commander. He was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers 12 May 1864, was severely wounded at Cold Harbor the following month, and returned to duty in 1865 with the Army of the Shenandoah. Entering the regular Army after the war, Brooke rose to the rank of Major General in 1897 and served in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War. After the armistice, he was military governor of both Puerto Rico and Cuba before returning home to take command of the Department of the East. General Brooke died in Philadelphia 5 September 1926 after a long and distinguished career.
    Photo: Hispanic Division, Library of Congress
    Bill Gonyo
    General J.R. Brooke 96k Forward plan view of USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132) undergoing fitting out for Naval service at the Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA., docks, 27 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 644-44.
    Darryl Baker
    General J.R. Brooke 81k Aft plan view of USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132) undergoing fitting out for Naval service at the Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA., docks, 27 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 645-44.
    Darryl Baker
    General J.R. Brooke 56k USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132) stern view off San Francisco, 29 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 693-44.
    Darryl Baker
    General J.R. Brooke 65k USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132) broadside view off San Francisco, 29 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 696-44.
    Darryl Baker
    General J.R. Brooke 64k USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132) bow on view off San Francisco, 29 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 697-44.
    Darryl Baker
    General J.R. Brooke 103k USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132) moored pierside at New York Navy Yard, 24 July 1944.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-71654, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    General J.R. Brooke 50k USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
     
    General J.R. Brooke 71k USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132) outbound from New York, with elements of the 86th Blackhawk Division aboard, they were being redeployed from the ETO to the Philippines, circa August 1945. Russ Padden
    Merchant Service
    General J.R. Brooke 338k Ex-USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132) underway while in commercial service as the Marlin Steamship Co., Inc freighter SS Mary, circa 27 September 1976 to 28 April 1979. Copyrighted originally by M. Lennon. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS General J. R. Brooke (AP-132)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Nutter, David Lester20 January 1944 - 30 August 1944
    02CAPT. Wakefield, William30 August 1944 - 14 November 1944
    03CAPT. Nager, Charles J.14 November 1944 - November 1945
    04CAPT. Johns, Llewellyn JamesNovember 1945 - 3 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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