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USNS General R. L. Howze (T-AP-134)
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USAT General R. L. Howze (1948 - 1950)
USS General R. L. Howze (AP-134) (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Bravo - Quebec
NJBQ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (6) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS General R.L. Howze was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
General G. O. Squier Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 22 July 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 657) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Inc., Yard 3, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 23 May 1943
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission by the Navy, 31 December 1943
  • Fitted out as a Naval Transport at Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned USS General R. L. Howze (AP-134), 7 February 1944, at San Francisco, CA., CAPT. Lee H. Baker, USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS General R. L. Howze was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1946, at New York City, N.Y and transferred to the War Department, US Army Transportation Service, commissioned USAT General R. L. Howze.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 6 August 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Title transferred the US Army Transportation Service, 6 July 1948, recommissioned USAT General R. L. Howze
  • Reacquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950, assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS General R. L. Howze (T-AP-134)
  • During the Korean War USNS General R. L. Howze participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    21 April 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    2-3 June 1952
    4 to 7 June 1952
    17 July 1952
    1 September 1952
    15 to 16 October 1952
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 to 23 April 1951
    2 to 3 May 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    3 December 1952
    23 January 1953
    11 to 12 March 1953
    27 April 1953
    Second Korean Winter
    9 to 10 January 1952
    27 to 28 February 1952
    16 to 18 April 1952
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    11 to 12 June 1953

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Laid up, 15 July 1957, in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 17 July 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
  • Merchant Service
    Disposed of by MARAD by title exchange, 10 April 1968, to Pacific Far East Lines Inc.
    Renamed SS Guam Bear in May 1968
    Renamed SS New Zealand Bear, 14 April 1975
    Sold to Farrell Lines Inc., 22 December 1975, renamed SS Austral Glen
    Sold to Austral Glen owner, 23 August 1979, Renamed SS Pacific Endeavor
    Final Disposition, for scrapping, 2 January 1981, to Mssrs. Mohd. Iqbal Gowal & Co. Ltd., Pakistan
  • USNS General R. L. Howze received six battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 16.5kts.
    Complement
    Officers 49
    Enlisted 451
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 230
    Enlisted 3,300
    Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 79,000 Cu ft.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 1.1" gun mounts (replaced by two twin 40mm AA gun mounts)
    sixteen single 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 Gear
    three 400Kw 240V D.C. Ship' Service Generators
    single propeller, 9,000shp

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    General R.L. Howze 94k
    Namesake

    Robert Lee Howze, born in Rusk County, Tex., 22 August 1864, graduated from the Military Academy in 1888. As a young officer he fought in the Indian Wars and earned the Medal of Honor fighting off a Sioux attack 1 January 1891. In the Spanish-American War Howze served in Cuba and later the Philippines. Following tour of duty in Puerto Rico, he was Commandant 01 Cadets at the Military Academy 1905 to 1909. This brought him staff posts in several major commands, and command of a cavalry unit with Pershing on the Mexican border. At the outbreak of World War I, Howze was appointed Major General and commanded the 38th Division. He took part in the Meuse-Argonne fighting and marched to the Rhine as Commander, 3d Division. He received the Distinguish Service Medal for World War I service. Returning from France, Howze was appointed Major General in the regular Army in 1922. He died at Columbus, Ohio 19 September 1926.
    . Digital ID: npcc 14799 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs
    Bill Gonyo
    General R.L. Howze 92k Aft plan view of USS General R.L. Howze (AP-134) undergoing fitting out for Naval service at the Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA., docks, 14 February 1944. Note yard craft in foreground
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1063-44.
    Darryl Baker
    General R.L. Howze 82k Forward plan view of USS General R.L. Howze (AP-134) undergoing fitting out for Naval service at the Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA., docks, 14 February 1944. Note yard craft in foreground
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1065-44.
    Darryl Baker
    General R.L. Howze 78k Bow on view of USS General R.L. Howze (AP-134) while at anchor off San Francisco, CA., 17 February 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1121-44.
    Darryl Baker
    General R.L. Howze 90k Broadside view of USS General R.L. Howze (AP-134) while at anchor off San Francisco, CA., 17 February 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1123-44.
    Darryl Baker
    General R.L. Howze 86k Stern view of USS General R.L. Howze (AP-134) while at anchor off San Francisco, CA., 17 February 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1124-44.
    Darryl Baker
    General R.L. Howze 254k USS General R.L. Howze (AP-134) underway off the California coast, circa 1945
    US Navy photo probably taken from an airship of Lighter-than-Air Airship Squadron (ZP 31), NAS Santa Ana, CA.
    David Buell
    USAT General R.L. Howze
    General R.L. Howze 97k USAT General R.L. Howze transporting US Army troops, date and place unknown. Ron Cheshire
    USNS General R.L. Howze (T-AP-134)
    General R.L. Howze 124k USNS General R.L. Howze (T-AP-134) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Jim Brown
    General R.L. Howze 86k USNS General R.L. Howze (T-AP-134) while participating in the Vietnam "Passage to Freedom" operation in 1954-55.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, photo # unknown
    Mike Green
    General John Pope
    NH 104591
    87k The MSTS Reserve Fleet nest at the Navy Industrial Reserve Shipyard, Everett, WA., 25 June 1957, looking north. The ships, from right to left, are;
    USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110),
    USNS General M. C. Meigs (T-AP-116),
    USNS General William Weigel (T-AP-119),
    USNS General R. L. Howze (T-AP-134),
    USNS Marine Phoenix (T-AP-195),
    USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193), and
    USNS Marine Lynx (T-AP-194).
    They are in MSTS Ready Reserve status. All were moved to the Maritime Administration reserve fleets at Olympia and Astoria in 1958. During World War II this site was occupied by the Everett Pacific Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., which built net laying ships, non-self propelled barracks ships, self-propelled covered lighters and small harbor tugs. Larger ships were repaired at the piers where the MSTS ships were later moored.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #'s NH 104591 and NH 104592
    Robert Hurst
    General John Pope
    NH 104592
    86k
    General John Pope 79k The MSTS Reserve Fleet nest at the Navy Industrial Reserve Shipyard, Everett, WA., 25 June 1957, looking west. The ships, from front to rear, are;
    USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110),
    USNS General M. C. Meigs (T-AP-116),
    USNS General William Weigel (T-AP-119),
    USNS General R. L. Howze (T-AP-134),
    USNS Marine Phoenix (T-AP-195),
    USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193), and
    USNS Marine Lynx (T-AP-194).
    They are in MSTS Ready Reserve status. All were moved to the Maritime Administration reserve fleets at Olympia and Astoria in 1958. During World War II this site was occupied by the Everett Pacific Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., which built net laying ships, non-self propelled barracks ships, self-propelled covered lighters and small harbor tugs. Larger ships were repaired at the piers where the MSTS ships were later moored.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104594
    Robert Hurst
    General John Pope 90k The MSTS Reserve Fleet nest at the Navy Industrial Reserve Shipyard, Everett, WA., 25 June 1957, looking east. The ships, from back to front , are;
    USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110),
    USNS General M. C. Meigs (T-AP-116),
    USNS General William Weigel (T-AP-119),
    USNS General R. L. Howze (T-AP-134),
    USNS Marine Phoenix (T-AP-195),
    USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193), and
    USNS Marine Lynx (T-AP-194).
    They are in MSTS Ready Reserve status. All were moved to the Maritime Administration reserve fleets at Olympia and Astoria in 1958. During World War II this site was occupied by the Everett Pacific Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., which built net laying ships, non-self propelled barracks ships, self-propelled covered lighters and small harbor tugs. Larger ships were repaired at the piers where the MSTS ships were later moored.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104593
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    General R.L. Howze 277k Ex-USNS General R.L. Howze (T-AP-134) in merchant service as Pacific Far East Lines SS Guam Bear underway in early 1975, location unknown. Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    General R.L. Howze 339k Pacific Far East Lines SS Guam Bear underway at San Francisco, CA., date unknown.
    A Keith Wood owned negative with permission.
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    General R.L. Howze 323k Ex-USNS General R.L. Howze (T-AP-134) in mercantile service as the Farrell Lines SS Austral Glen at anchor, 10 July 1976, location unknown. Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    General R.L. Howze 98k Stern and bow views of SS Austral Glen in September 1978 while laid up at San Francisco, CA. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    General R.L. Howze 115k

    USS / USNS General R. L. Howze (AP-134 / T-AP-134)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Baker, Lee H. USCG7 February 1944 - 3 March 1945
    02CAPT. Austermann, William J. USCG3 March 1945 - 21 December 1945
    03CDR. Bowerman, George H. USCG21 December 1945 - 1 April 1946
    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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS General R. L. Howze (AP-134)

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