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USNS General LeRoy Eltinge (T-AP-154)
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USAT General LeRoy Eltinge (1946 - 1950)
USS General LeRoy Eltinge (AP-154) (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
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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 - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasps) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal


General G. O. Squier Class Transport:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 711) at Kaiser Co. Inc., Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 20 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS General LeRoy Eltinge (AP-154), 21 February 1945, CAPT. William Wakefield in command
  • During World War II USS General LeRoy Eltinge transported troops in both the Asiatic-Pacific and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters
  • Following World War II USS General Leroy Eltinge was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

    China Service Medal (extended)
    18 to 23 March 194628 December 1945 to 6 January 1946
     24 to 26 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 29 March 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission for assignment to the US Army Transportation Service
  • Struck from the Naval Register in June 1946
  • Commissioned USAT General LeRoy Eltinge in 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission Olympia, WA., 17 February 1950
  • Reacquired and reinstated on the Naval Register, 20 July 1950
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS General LeRoy Eltinge (T-AP-154)
  • USNS General Leroy Eltinge (T-AP-154) was assigned to Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp)
    10 March to 29 May 1952
    7 to 9 July 1953
    3 to 5 August 1953
    29 August to 1 September 1953
    18 November to 4 December 1953
    7 to 9 January 1954
    8 to 10 February 1954
    8 to 11 March 1954
    20 to 23 January 1955
    24 to 26 February 1955
    24 to 25 March 1955
    21 to 23 April 1955

  • Placed in reduced status at San Francisco, 1 August 1962
  • Returned to service, 13 May 1965
  • During the Vietnam War USNS General LeRoy Eltinge participated in the following campaign:
    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    21 to 26 October 1966
  • Placed in ready reserve status in January 1967
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 2 July 1968, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Commercial Service
    Title transfer to Waterman SS Corp. (Exchange Program), 27 January 1969
    Renamed SS Robert E. Lee in September 1969
    Renamed SS Robert Toombs 3 October 1973
    Sold (at sea) to Waterman SS Corp., (Trade-in and Build Program), 21 November 1978
    Title returned to Maritime Administration (MARAD), 2 May 1980
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 May 1980, to Chien Yu Steel Industrial Col, Ltd., Taiwan
  • USNS General LeRoy Eltinge earned one campaign star for Vietnam 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 32
    Enlisted 224
    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
    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, 9,000shp

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    USAT General LeRoy Eltinge
    General LeRoy Eltinge 109k
    Namesake

    LeRoy Eltinge, born 17 September 1872 in Ulster County, N.Y., graduated from the Military Academy in 1896 and served in the Philippines 1898-99, for which service he received the Silver Star. He served in the Operations Section of the A.E.F. General Staff Headquarters during World War I and later became Deputy Chief of Staff of A.E.F. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding service in World War I. Brigadier General Eltinge died 13 May 1931 at Omaha, Neb.
    Digital ID: ggbain 29155 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs.
    Bill Gonyo
    General LeRoy Eltinge 64k USAT General LeRoy Eltinge underway, date and place unknown. Ron Cheshire
    General LeRoy Eltinge 65k USAT General LeRoy Eltinge underway, date and place unknown. Ron Cheshire
    USNS General LeRoy Eltinge (T-AP-154)
    General LeRoy Eltinge 149k Soldiers of the 24th Infantry Division, the first US Troops to be committed to the Korean War make ready to board USNS General LeRoy Eltinge (T-AP-154) at Sasebo, Japan, 24 April 1951. They are the first infantrymen to embark for home under the rotation system.
    US Army photo from Acme
    Tommy Trampp
    General LeRoy Eltinge 149k USNS General LeRoy Eltinge (T-AP-154) with Korean War Veterans departing Sasebo, Japan for home, 1951
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-428657, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    General LeRoy Eltinge 90k USNS General LeRoy Eltinge (T-AP 154) receives a sendoff from Navy patrol craft and the harbor tug Kittaton (YTB 406), as she leaves Sasebo, Japan, en route to the U.S. with over 1500 Korean War Army veterans on board, 30 April 1951.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-428659, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    General LeRoy Eltinge 91k 303rd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, US Air Force, boarding USNS General LeRoy Eltinge (T-AP-154) at Charleston, S.C., June 1953. The unit was sailing to Bremerhaven, Germany for assignment to a new Air Force base at Sembach, Germany. Note Navy band playing on pier. Photo by Don Peacock S/SGT USAF
    General LeRoy Eltinge 85k USNS General LeRoy Eltinge (T-AP-154) departing Charleston S.C. in June 1953 for Bremerhaven, Germany, with the 303rd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, US Air Force, on board. Photo by Don Peacock S/SGT USAF
    General LeRoy Eltinge 42k USNS General LeRoy Eltinge (T-AP-154) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USS / USNS General LeRoy Eltinge (AP-154 / T-AP-154)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Wakefield, William21 February 1945 - 21 July 1945
    02CAPT. Blau, Thomas :COMO21 July 1945 - 22 August 1945
    03CAPT. Alexanderson, Leroy John :RADM22 August 1945 - 29 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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