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USNS General A.W. Greely (T-AP-141)
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USAT General A. W. Greely (1946 - 1960)
USS General A. W. Greely (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Delta - India
NJDI
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS General A. W. Greely was manned by the US Coast Guard during WWII
General G. O. Squier Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 18 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 708) at Kaiser Co. Inc., Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 15 November 1944
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission by the US Navy and Commissioned USS General A. W. Greely (AP-141), 22 March 1945, CDR. George W. Stedman, Jr., USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS General A . W. Greely transported passengers in both the Asiatic-Pacific and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters of Operation
  • Decommissioned, 29 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 March 1946, for service with the US Army Transportation Service
  • Commissioned USAT General A. W. Greely, 29 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Decommissioned by the US Army Transportation Service and returned to the Maritime Administration
  • Title transferred to US Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS), and placed in service as USNS General A. W. Greely (T-AP-141)
  • USNS General A. W Greely (T-AP-141) performed Occupation service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater for the following periods:
    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    19 to 24 October 195110 to 12 October 1952
    22 to 24 November 19518 to 12 November 1952
    31 Mary to 4 June 195213 to 14 December 1952
    30 June to 2 July 19529 to 10 January 1953
    6 to 11 August 19522 to 12 February 1953
    5 to 7 September 19529 to 11 March 1953

  • Placed out of service, 24 August 1959
  • Struck from the Naval Register in August 1959
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 29 August 1959 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for merchant service to Pacific Far East Line, 10 April 1968
    Withdrawn from reserve and delivered to Pacific Far East Line, 16 May 1968, renamed SS Hawaii Bear and converted to a container ship
    Sold to Farrell Lines Inc., New York, 19 January 1976, renamed SS Austral Glade
    Sold to Austral Glade owner Ltd, 23 August 1979, renamed SS Pacific Enterprise
    Sold to Vanessa Trading Inc., 14 August 1981, renamed SS Caribe Enterprise
    Sold to foreign broken, 31 January 1985
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1986

    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 16.5kts.
    Complement
    Officers 34
    Enlisted 391
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 229
    Enlisted 3,114
    Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 70,000 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 Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three 400Kw 240V D.C. Ship' Service Generators
    single propeller, 9,000shp

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    USS General A. W. Greely (AP-141)
    General A. W. Greely 181k
    Namesake

    Adolphus Washington Greely, born 27 March 1844 in Newburyport, Mass., enlisted as a private in the 19th Massachusetts Infantry 26 July 1861 and participated in numerous battles throughout the Civil War. Appointed Second Lieutenant in 1867, between 1871 and 1881 he served in Texas and in Montana and Dakota Territories, where he helped construct 2,000 miles of telegraph lines. A pioneer in polar exploration, he studied Arctic weather and climate, and from 1881 to 1884 led an ill-fated expedition during the establishment of a chain of circumpolar research stations. In 1882 his party pushed farther northward than any previous expedition; but, suffering great hardships, only seven men, including Greely, survived the ordeal. From 1887 until 1906 he served as Chief Signal Officer and administered the Weather Bureau and Signal Corps. During the Spanish-American War he supervised the construction of more than 25,000 miles of telegraph lines in Cuba, Puerto Rico, China, and the Philippine Islands. Also a pioneer in the use of wireless communications, he established several radio stations in Alaska. Promoted to Major General 10 February 1906, he commanded military relief operations following the San Francisco Earthquake 18 to 19 April. General Greely retired 27 March 1908 and died in Washington, D.C., 20 October 1935. By special legislation of Congress, he was awarded the Medal of Honor 21 March 1935 for his life of outstanding public service.
    Digital ID: cph 3b42073 Source: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)
    Bill Gonyo
    General A. W. Greely 133k USS General A. W. Greely (AP-141) arrives at New York with cheering U.S. veterans of the China-Burma-India campaigns, 27 September 1945. The men and women were members of the Flying Tigers, Merrill's Marauders, and other heroic outfits. International News Photos. ARC Identifier 535524. US National Archives
    General A. W. Greely 66k USS General A. W. Greely (AP-141) in port, circa 1946. She appears to have been repainted in the colors of the U.S. Army Transportation service, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 104636 from the collections of the US Naval Historical center, copied from the book "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles.
    Robert Hurst
    USAT General A. W. Greely
    General A. W. Greely 18k USAT General A. W. Greely underway, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    USNS General A. W. Greely (T-AP-141)
    General A. W. Greely 111k USNS General A. W. Greely (T-AP-141) underway, circa the early 1950s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo #: NH 61583, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    AP-141/LSM-397 115k USNS General A. W. Greely (T-AP-141) and USS LSM-397 amid the ice at Thule, Greenland, during Operation "Blue Jay", 19 July 1951.
    US Navy photo # NH 97108 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    General A. W. Greely 194k USS General A. W. Greely (T-AP-141) stands off the heavily listing SS Flying Enterprise in stormy seas in the northeastern Atlantic, circa 29 December 1951. At right is a lifeboat, returning to General A.W. Greely with survivors of Flying Enterprise. A merchant tanker is standing by off the listing ship's bow.
    US Navy photo #: NH 61583, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    General A. W. Greely 88k The crew of SS Flying Enterprise wave from the deck of USS General A. W. Greely (T-AP-141) after arriving at New York, 9 January 1952. All were picked up by Greely off Falmouth, England after leaping into the sea at the captain's order when the ship encountered difficulty in heavy seas. At the time of this photo the Flying Enterprise and her captain were still adrift in the Atlantic despite heroic efforts to haul the ship to safety.
    AP wirephoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    Merchant Service Pacific Far East Lines Farrell Lines
    General A.W. Greely 356k Ex-General A. W. Greely (AP-141) underway as a containership in the service of the Pacific Far East Lines as SS Hawaii Bear in 1968, location unknown.
    Photo by Mike Cornwall from the Chris Howell Collection.
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    General A.W. Greely 84k Ex-General A. W. Greely (AP-141) laid up at San Francisco, CA., September 1978. Although in Pacific Far East Line colors, she was at this time the Farrell Lines SS Austral Glade Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus

    USS / USNS General A. W. Greely (AP-141 / T-AP-141))
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Stedman Jr., George Washington USCG2 March 1945 - 29 March 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 A.W. Greely AP-141
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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