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USNS General W. M. Black (T-AP-135)
USAT General W. M. Black (1946 - 1950)
USS General W. M. Black (AP-135) (1945 - 1946)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Bravo - Sierra
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
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 W. M. Black (AP-135) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
General G. O. Squier Class Transport
Laid down, 26 November 1942, as Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 658) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp., Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 23 July 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 26 January 1944
Fitted out as a Naval Transport at Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA.
Commissioned USS General W. M. Black (AP-135), 24 February 1944, at San Francisco, CAPT. J. P. Murray, USCG, in command
During World War II USS General W. M. Black transported passengers in both the Asiatic-Pacific and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters
Decommissioned, 28 February 1946
Transferred, 28 February 1946, to the US Army Transportation Service, commissioned USAT General W. M. Black
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
Reacquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950
Assigned to the Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS General W. M. Black (T-AP-135)
During the Korean War General W. M. Black (T-AP-135) participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Communist China Spring Offensive
9 to 10 May 1951
20 to 21 May 1951
|Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
7 to 8 September 1952
23 to 24 October 1952
|UN Summer-Fall Offensive
4 to 6 August 1951
8 to 9 August 1951
25 to 26 September 1951
|Third Korean Winger
24 to 25 February 1953
13 to 14 March 1953
|Second Korean Winter
17 to 18 January 1952
4 to5 March 1952
18 to 21 April 1952
|Korean Summer-Fall 1953
29 May 1953
14 July 1953
Placed out of service, 26 August 1955
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred, 28 August 1955, to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Sold by the Maritime Administration MARAD for merchant service, 13 April 1967, to Central Gulf Steamship Corp. (Exchange Program)
Renamed SS Green Forrest in May 1967
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 January 1980, to Sing Ceng Yung Steel Co., Ltd., Taiwan
USS General W. M. Black received six battle stars for Korean War service
Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
Length 522' 10"
Beam 71' 6"
Draft 26' 6"
Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
non-refrigerated 79,000 Cu ft.
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
NSFO 13,300 Bbls
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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|USS General W. M. Black (AP-135)
William Murray Black, born in Lancaster County, Pa., 8 December 1855, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1877 and entered the Corps of Engineers. He advanced steadily and was appointed Chief of Engineers for the District of Columbia in 1897. During and after the Spanish-American War, he served as Commander, Department of Engineers, in 'both Cuba and Puerto Rico. In 1906 he was appointed Senior Member of the board for raising the famous battleship Maine, and in 1909 he was promoted to Brigadier General to become Chief of Engineers, Department of the East. In 1916 he was appointed Chief of Engineers, United States Army. His accomplishments were many, including river and harbor improvements in Florida ports and fortification and railroad construction in Cuba. General Black retired a Major General 31 October 1919 and died in Washington, D.C., 24 September 1933.
Digital ID: chi 3b34317 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs
||Aft plan view of USS General W. M. Black (AP-135) undergoing fitting out for Naval service at the Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA., docks, 4 March 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1480-44.
||Forward plan view of USS General W. M. Black (AP-135) undergoing fitting out for Naval service at the Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA., docks, 4 March 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1481-44.
||Broadside view of USS General W. M. Black (AP-135) off San Francisco, CA., 4 March 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1485-44.
|USAT General W. M. Black
||USAT General W. M. Black underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||Ex-USS General W. M. Black (AP-135) in the livery of the Central Gulf Steamship Corp. as SS Green Forrest underway in the New Waterway, Netherlands, circa 1970s.
Photo negative owned by Keith Wood, with permission
USS General W. M. Black (AP-135 / USAT / T-AP-136)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Murray, J. P. USCG||24 February 1944 - 10 June 1944|
|02||CAPT. Jacobs, D. G. USCG||10 June 1944 - 28 February 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 W. M Black (AP-135)
Last Updated 30 August 2013
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