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USNS General C. H. Muir (T-AP-142)
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USAT General C. H. Muir (1946 - 1950)
USS General C. H. Muir (AP-142) (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Delta - Oscar
NJDO

USS General C. H. Muir was manned by a Coast Guard crew during WWII, the US Army from 1946 to 1950 and the US Navy from 1950 to 1955
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


General G. O. Squier Class Transport:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 665) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Inc., Yard 3, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 24 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission
  • Commissioned, USS General C. H. Muir (AP-142), 12 April 1945, at Portland OR., CAPT. Joseph D. Conway, USCG, in command
  • USS General C. H. Muir transported passengers in both the Asiatic-Pacific and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters of Operation during and following World War II
  • Decommissioned, 18 June 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission and turned over to the Army Transportation Service (ATS), placed in commission as USAT General C. H. Muir, 18 June 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 1 March 1950, assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), and placed in service as USNS General C. H. Muir (T-AP-142)
  • During the Korean War USNS General C. H. Muir (T-AP-157) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    7 to 8 January 1953
    18 to 19 January 1953
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    26 July 1953

  • USNS General C. H. Muir was assigned to Navy Occupation service in Europe and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    4 to 6 September 195327 February 1954

  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 14 April 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Permanent custody to MARAD, 30 June 1960
  • Merchant Service
    Title transfer to Sea-Land Inc., (Exchange Program), 10 September 1968, renamed SS Chicago,
    Sold to Puerto Rico Shipping Authority, 30 September 1974
    Renamed SS San Juan, 7 February 1975
    Sold for scrapping, December 1988, to Per Company, Dick Evans
  • USNS General C. H. Muir earned two battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 23' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 32
    Enlisted 324
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 228
    Enlisted 3,595
    Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 70,000 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    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 turbo-drive 400Kw, 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 9,000shp

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    USS General C. H. Muir (AP-142)
    General C. H. Muir 52k USS General C. H. Muir (AP-142) at anchor, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Bob Cain BT3 USN
    General C. H. Muir 106k USS General C. H. Muir (AP-142) with returning World War II veterans aboard during one of her Magic Carpet cruises. Tommy Trampp
    USAT General C. H. Muir
    General C. H. Muir 67k USAT General C. H. Muir departing Bremerhaven, Germany early 1950s. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    General C. H. Muir 195k USAT General C. H. Muir moored pierside at Antwerp, Belgium, circa 1946-1950. Jim Geldert
    General C. H. Muir 159k A USAT General C. H. Muir lifeboat crew stands by for the order to lower away, 300 miles off the coast of New England, 11 December 1946, to carry PFC Elmo Camponodo (on stretcher) to a waiting Coast Guard flying boat. PFC Camponodo was suffering from a ruptured appendix and was flown to Salem, MA. and placed in a hospital in Waltham, MA.
    AP Wirephoto
    Tommy Trampp
    USNS General C. H. Muir (T-AP-142)
    General C. H. Muir 81k General C. H. Muir (T-AP-142) underway, circa 1952.
    US Navy photo
    A. Forest Andrews
    General C. H. Muir 102k Starboard bow view of General C. H. Muir (T-AP-142) departing Ethiopia enroute to French Somaliland with personal guard troops of Emperor Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, during his visit in February 1953.
    US Navy photo
    Carl Musselman via SteelNavy web site
    General C. H. Muir 97k Broadside view of General C. H. Muir (T-AP-142) departing Ethiopia enroute in French Somaliland with personal guard troops of Emperor Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, during his visit in February 1953.
    US Navy photo
    Carl Musselman via SteelNavy web site
    Merchant Service
    General C. H. Muir 285k Ex-General C. H. Muir (T-AP-142) in merchant service as SS Chicago underway in fog on the Waser River in December 1969. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS General C. H. Muir (AP-142) / USNS General C. H. Muir (T-AP-142)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Conway, Joseph Dominic USCG12 April 1945 - 31 July 1945
    02CDR. Hogan, W. C. USCG31 July 1945 - 16 June 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 C. H. Muir AP-142

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