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USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9)
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USAS General H. H. Arnold (1961 - 1964)
USNS General R. E. Callan (T-AP-139) (1950 - 1958)
USAT General R. E. Callan (1946 - 1950)
USS General R. E. Callan (AP-139) (1944 - 1946)


General H.H. Arnold International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Papa - Delta

NAPD

General R. E. Callan International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet -Delta - Charlie

NJDC
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9)

National Defense Service Medal
General R. E. Callan (AP-139)


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp)

General G. O. Squier Class Transport:
  • Laid down in 1943 as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 682) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp., Yard No. 3. Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 27 April 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy 7 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS General R. E. Callan (AP-139), 17 August 1944, CDR. Robert Calwell Starkey in command
  • During World War II USS General R. E. Callan transported passengers in both the Asiatic-Pacific and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters of Operation
  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission at Boston, MA. for simultaneous transfer to the US Army
  • Commissioned by the US Army Transportation Service as USAT General R. E. Callan, 24 May 1946
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS General R. E. Callan (T-AP-139), 28 April 1950
  • While assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service USNS General R. E. Callan was assigned to Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:
    Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp)
                    1952                 1953             1955
    20 February to 3 March 4 to 17 January 13 to 15 February
    27 March to 8 April 3 to 7 March 3 to 5 April
    11 to 20 May 31 March to 2 April 21 to 23 August
    2 to 19 June 1 to 18 May  
    20 to 29 July 12 to 14 July  
    28 August to 9 September10 to 12 August 
    6 to 18 October7 to 9 September 
    28 November to 10 December9 to 11 October 
     5 to 22 November 
     17 to 18 December 

  • Placed out of service, in May 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, in May 1958
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 29 May 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group
  • Custody assigned to the US Air Force, 6 June 1961
  • Converted to a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship and commissioned USAS General H. H. Arnold, 16 July 1961
  • Decommissioned by the US Air Force and reacquired by the US Navy, 1 July 1964
  • Placed in service with MSTS as USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9), 1 July 1964
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register in January 1982
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 25 March 1982, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 October 1982, to Eastern Overseas Inc.,
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
    AP-Complement
    Officers 39
    Enlisted 410
    AP-Troop Capacity
    Officers 356
    Enlisted 2,924
    Cargo Capacity1,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 70,000 Cu ft
    AP-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 & Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three 400Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 9,000shp

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    USS General R. E. Callan (AP-139)
    General R E Callan 117k General R. E. Callan (AP-139) launching, 24 April 1944 at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp., Richmond, CA; CAPT. Jerry Mason, USN
    General R. E. Callan 37k USS General R. E. Callan (AP-139) in port, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    General R. E. Callan 160k USS General R. E. Callan (AP-139) underway, date and location unknown. William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    General R. E. Callan 109k USS General R. E. Callan (AP-139) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Wire photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    USNS General R. E. Callan (T-AP-139)
    General R. E. Callan 95k Post Card image of USNS General R. E. Callan (AP-139) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    USAS General H. H. Arnold
    H. H. Arnold 75k USAS General H. H. Arnold moored pierside, circa 1961-64, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9)
    H. H. Arnold 135k
    Namesake

    General Henry ("Hap") Arnold became one of the Army's first aviators certified under the Rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI). During World War II he commanded the Army Air Forces and became the first General of the Air Force in 1947. Throughout his career, he wore his original 1913 Military Aviator Badge (an eagle with crossed signal flags suspended from a bar inscribed "MILITARY AVIATOR") below his ribbon bars.
    Photo by U.S. Army Military History Institute
    Bill Gonyo
    H. H. Arnold 65k USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) anchored at Fremantle, Australia in 1966.
    Associated Press photo
    Ron Reeves
    H. H. Arnold 46k USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) moored pierside, Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, July 1968.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Kelshaw
    H. H. Arnold 41k USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) moored pierside, Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, July 1968.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Kelshaw
    H. H. Arnold 163k USS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) in port while refueling at Adak, Alaska, circa September - October 1968.
    US Navy photo
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    H. H. Arnold 69k USN General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) in port, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    H. H. Arnold 256k USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Dan Kovalchik
    H. H. Arnold 121k USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) in port, circa, December 1970.
    US Navy photo.
    Ramon Jackson
    H. H. Arnold 100k USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) approaching Naval Station Adak, Alaska. Photo taken from Redwing (YTB-783) by Brian M. Godfrey USN, circa February 1976 - August 1977. Robert Hurst
    H. H. Arnold 74k USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) at Pearl Harbor, HI., circa 1977-79. Just visible in this photo is the bow of USS Badger (FF-1071). Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    H. H. Arnold 69k USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, HI., circa 1977-79. Also visible in this photo are the bows of USS Whipple (FF-1062) and USS Badger (FF-1071). Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    H. H. Arnold 98k USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, HI., circa 1977-79. Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    H. H. Arnold 309k USNS General H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, HI. in October 1979. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS / USAT / USNS General R. E. Callan (AP-139) / USAFS / USNS H. H. Arnold (T-AGM-9)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Starkey, Robert Calwell17 August 1944 - 16 July 1945
    02CDR. Spillers, C. Lee16 July 1945 - 17 September 1945
    03CAPT. Starkey, Robert Calwell17 September 1945 - 24 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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