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USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153)
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USAT General R. M. Blatchford (1946 - 1950)
USS General R. M. Blatchford (AP-153) (1945 - 1946)


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 194515 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
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration in September 1968, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Merchant Service
    Sold to Waterman Carriers Inc., New York in January 1969
    Rebuilt at Portland, OR. as a container ship and renamed SS Stonewall Jackson entering commercial service in 1970
    Renamed SS Alex Stephens in 1973
    Acquired by the US Department of Commerce in 1979
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 April 1980, to Chien Yu Steel Enterprises, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • USNS General R. M. Blatchford 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 26' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts (design)
    Complement
    Officers 39
    Enlisted 324
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 228
    Enlisted 3,595
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    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)
    fifteen twin 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 A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 9,000 shp

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    General R M Blatchford 78k USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Carl R. Friberg Jr.
    General R M Blatchford 89k 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
    General R M Blatchford 78k 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
    General R M Blatchford 114k 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)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Guthire, Allen Herschel26 January 1945 - 1946
    03LT. Musser Jr., John F.1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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