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USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153)
/International Radio Call Sign:
USAT General R. M. Blatchford (1946 - 1950)
USS General R. M. Blatchford (AP-153) (1945 - 1946)
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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 Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
General G. O. Squier Class Transport:
Laid down as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 705) at Kaiser Co. Inc., Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 27 August 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 26 January 1945
Commissioned USS General R. M. Blatchford (AP-153), 26 January 1945, CDR. Allen Herschel Guthrie, in command
During World War II USS General R. M. Blatchford transported troops in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
Following World War II USS General R. M. Blatchford was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|31 October to 7 November 1945||15 to 21 April 1946
Decommissioned, 12 June 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Returned to the Maritime Commission for service with the U S Army Transportation Service, commissioned USAT General R. M. Blatchford
Reacquired by the Navy and reinstated on the Naval Register, 1 March 1950
Assigned to the Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153)
During the Korean War USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153) participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Third Korean Winter
16 to 17 April 1953
30 April 1953
|Korean, Summer-Fall 1953
1 to 2 May 1953
20 June to 12 July 1953
Following the Korean War USS General R. M. Blatchford was assigned to Occupation service in the European Theater for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|7 to 8 September 1953
|3 to 5 November 1953
|8 to 11 December 1953
|24 to 25 April 1954
|23 to 28 November 1954
|23 to 25 December 1954
During the Vietnam War USNS General R. M. Blatchford landed elements of the US Army 1st Infantry Division at Vung Tau, South Vietnam in mid-October 1965
Placed out of service in January 1967
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, 3 July 1968
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1968, custody transferred to the Maritime Administration
USNS General R. M. Blatchford earned two battle stars for Korean War service
Leased to Waterman Carriers Inc., New York, 21 January 1969
Withdrawn, 25 March 1969, from the Reserve Fleet
Rebuilt at Portland, OR. as a container ship, renamed SS Stonewall Jackson entering merchant service in 1970
Sold to Waterman Carriers, Inc., 7 October 1971
Renamed SS Alexander Stephens, 8 November 1978
Acquired by the US Department of Commerce in 1979
Bareboat charter to Waterman Carriers, Inc., date unknown
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 May 1980, to Chien Yu Steel Enterprises, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
Length 522' 10"
Beam 71' 6"
Draft 26' 6"
Speed 16.5 kts (design)
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
non-refrigerated 70,000 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)
fifteen twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 13,300 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 400Kw 240V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 9,000 shp
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|USNS Blatchford (T-AP-153)
Richard Milford Blatchford (August 17, 1859 – August 31, 1934) was a U.S. Army general who
served in the Spanish–American War and World War I.
||USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Carl R. Friberg Jr.
||USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
President, MSC Retiree Association
||USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, circa 1952. Blatchford was transporting Displaced Persons to the US and Canada.
||Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
||USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, August 1963.
||Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
USS / USNS General R. M. Blatchford (AP-153) (T-AP-153)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Guthire, Allen Herschel, USN (USNA 1912) Ret.||26 January 1945 - 1946|
|03||LT. Musser Jr., John Fitzgerald, USNR||30 May 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
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