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USNS General D. E. Aultman (T-AP-156)
International Radio Call Sign:
USAT General D. E. Aultman (1946 - 1950)
USS General D. E. Aultman (AP-156) (1945 - 1946)
November - Delta - November - India
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
USS General D. E. Aultman (AP-156) was maned by the US Coast Guard during WWII
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 713) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Inc., Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 18 February 1945
Acquired by the US Navy and commissioned, USS General D. E. Aultman (AP-156), 20 May 1945, CAPT. Stephen P. Swicegood, USCG, in command
During World War II USS General D. E. Aultman (AP-156) transported passengers in both the Asiatic-Pacific and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters
Following World War II USS General E. E. Aultman was assigned to Occupation service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater from 20 to 27 September 1945
Decommissioned, 15 March 1946, at Oakland, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
Delivered to the Maritime Commission
Transfered, 30 August 1946, to the US Army Transportation Service
Commissioned, USAT General D. E. Aultman
Reacquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950 and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
Placed in service as USNS General D. E. Aultman (T-AP-156)
Placed out of service, and returned to the Maritime Administration, 4 June 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1959
Title transfer to Sea-Land Services, Inc., 6 November 1967
Converted to a containership by Willamette Iron & Steel Co., Portland, OR. in 1968
Sold to Reynolds Leasing Corp., 11 June 1975
Final Disposition, resold by Reynolds for scrapping to Taiwan, 11 December 1986
Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
Length 522' 10"
Beam 71' 6"
Draft 26' 6"
70,000 Cu. ft. (non-refrigerated)
four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 1.1" gun mounts (replaced by two twin 40mm AA gun mounts)
sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
13,300 Bbls NSFO
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers 465psi 765°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 400Kw 240V D.C. Ships' Service Generator
single propeller, 9,000shp
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|USS General D. E. Aultman (AP-156)
Dwight Edward Aultman, born 2 February 1872 at Allegheny, Pa., graduated from the Military Academy in 1894 and was commissioned 2d Lieutenant, Field Artillery. During the Spanish-American War, he fought in the Battle of San Juan Hill and at the siege of Santiago Aultman served at various posts until World War I when he was an artillery commander in France, participating in the Aisne-Marne and St. Mihiel offensives. He received the Distinguished Service Medal, and returned to the United States in 1919 as Commanding General, Camp Knox Ky.
Digital ID: ggbain 37428 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
||USS General D. E. Aultman (AP-156) in San Francisco Bay loaded with returning GIs during Operation "Magic Carpet", circa 1945.
||USS General D. E. Aultman (AP-156) in San Francisco Bay loaded with returning GIs during Operation "Magic Carpet", circa-early
||Paul Webber. courtesy Alexander T. Bielecki and his grandson, Joshua Cushman.
|USAT General D. E. Aultman
||USAT General D. E. Aultman in San Francisco Bay, loaded with troops. She appears to be returning military personnel to the states during Operation "Magic Carpet", circa 1946.
|USNS General D. E. Aultman (T-AP-156)
||USNS General D. E. Aultman (T-AP-156) underway, date and location unknown.
||Bill Striegel PHCM USN Ret.
| Merchant Service
||Ex-USNS General D. E. Aultman (T-AP-156) underway as the Sea-Land Lines containership SS Portland outbound on the Weser River from Bremen, Germany in August 1970.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS General D. E. Aultman (AP-156)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Swicegood, Stephen Preston USCG||20 May 1945 - 12 August 1945 - 12 August 1945|
|02||CAPT. Thiele, Edward Hodges USCG||12 August 1945 - 15 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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