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USNS General C. G. Morton (T-AP-138)
USAT General C. G. Morton (1946 - 1950)
USS General C. G. Morton (AP-138) (1944 - 1946)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Charlie - Xray
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 (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
USS General C. G. Morton (AP-138) transferred to the US Army following WWII, reacquired by US Navy Military Sea Transportation Service
General G. O. Squier Class Transport
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 661) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
Launched, date unknown
Acquired by the US Navy, 18 May 1944
Commissioned USS General C. G. Morton (AP-138), 7 July 1944, CDR. Stephen Ketcham Hall in command
During World War II USS General C. G. Morton transported passengers in both the Asiatic-Pacific and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters of Operation
Decommissioned, 15 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service (USATS) in May 1946
Commissioned USAT General C. G. Morton
Reacquired by the Navy, 1 March 1950
Assigned to the Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS) as USNS General C.B. Morton (T-AP-138)
During the Korean War General C. G. Morton (T-AP-138) participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|North Korean Aggression
1 to 2 August 1950
8 October 1952
|Communist China Aggression
21 to 28 December 1950
|First UN Counter Offensive
10 to 11 February 1951
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 May 1958, and transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Sold to Central Gulf Lines, 14 April 1967 (MARAD Exchange Program
Renamed SS Green Wave in May 1967
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 March 1980, to Sing Cheng Yuag Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., Taiwan
USS General C. G. Morton received three 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 C. G. Morton (AP-138)
Major General Charles Gould Morton commanded the Hawaiian Department from 1919-1921. He was the son of Brigadier General Charles Morton. He attended the US Military Academy in 1879, obtaining his commission in 1883. For most of the first 23 years of his career, he served with the 6th Infantry Regiment, seeing action in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, including a brief stint with the 1st Maine Volunteer Infantry. For most of the next six years Morton served in various Inspector General capacities before becoming an instructor with the Massachusetts National Guard in 1912. From there Morton commanded the 5th Infantry Regiment from 1913-16 and then assumed duties as Commander of US troops in Panama. He was not there long before becoming Commanding General of the 10th Division, defending the Texas border from 1916-17. Morton then commanded the 29th Division as part of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. General Morton served with the War Department General Staff before concluding his career as Commanding General of IX Corps. He retired in 1925, and among his awards was the Distinguished Service Medal. He died in 1933.
Text from the U.S. Army Pacific
Image from "Soldiers All; Portraits and Sketches of the Men of the A. E. F. (1920)"
||USS General C.G. Morton (AP-138) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, date unknown.
US Navy photo
|Military Sea Transportation Service Society web site
||USS General C.G. Morton (AP-138) packed with returning servicemen from the Pacific Theater during a Magic Carpet voyage, circa March 1946.
US Navy photo by LT. Johnston , Lighter-than-Air Airship Squadron (ZP 31), NAS Santa Ana, CA.
||Ex-USS General C.G. Morton (AP-138) in merchant service as the Central Gulf Lines SS Green Wave at Bremerhaven, Germany, November 1976.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS General C G Morton (AP-138)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Hall, Stephen Ketcham||7 July 1944 - 15 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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