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USS Prince Georges (AK-224)
USS Prince Georges (AP-165) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 20 September 1942 as SS Richard March Hoe, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract number (MCE 426) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 30 October 1942
  • Commissioned as a US Army Transport, date unknown
  • Acquired by the Navy under bareboat charter, 25 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Prince Georges (AP-165), 10 November 1943, LCDR. William J. Lane USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Prince Georges was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 20 June to 3 July 1944
  • Reclassified as Cargo Ship (AK-224), 20 August 1944
  • Following World War II USS Prince George (AK-224) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 11 September 1945 to 18 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, and turned over to the Maritime Commission, War Shipping Administration, 12 April 1946, at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. for lay up
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • USS Prince Georges earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., 21 May 1969, (PD-X-828) MA-4757 contract for $43,260. Removed to Zidell Portland OR. 10 November 1969
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 24' 6"
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement and Troop Accommodations
    Officers 82
    Enlisted 1,204
    Cargo Capacity 2,279 DWT
    non-refrigerated 300,000 Cu ft
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,660 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    one General Machine Corp., vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    single propeller, 2,500shp
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one recip-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.

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    USS Prince Georges (AP-165)
    Prince Georges 83k USS Prince Georges (AP-165) at anchor in Eniwetok Atoll, circa 14 April 1944. Clyde A. Payne RDM3/c Ret. USS Prince Georges
    Prince Georges 770k USS Prince Georges (AP-165) Second Division, date and location unknown. Clyde A. Payne RDM3/c Ret. USS Prince Georges
    USS Prince Georges (AK-224)
    Prince Georges 134k USS Prince Georges (AK-224) at Pearl Harbor just after coming out of dry dock for repairs after the Saipan campaign. While at Pearl Harbor she was fitted out with radar and received a new coat of paint, circa 20 August 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32 Design 11F. Clyde A. Payne RDM3/c Ret. USS Prince Georges
    Prince Georges 96k USS Prince Georges (AK-224) anchored off Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, April 1945. Clyde A. Payne RDM3/c Ret. USS Prince Georges
    Prince Georges 116k USS Prince Georges (AK-224) tied up at the Japanese Naval Base at Yokosuka, Japan from 4 to 24 October 1945. Visible on the dock are a number of Japanese midget submarines. Clyde A. Payne RDM3/c Ret. USS Prince Georges
    Prince Georges 118k USS Prince Georges (AK-224) 3rd Division, date and location unknown. Clyde A. Payne RDM3/c Ret. USS Prince Georges

    For more photos and information about USS Prince Georges, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Prince George War Record
  • Memorabilia and Photo Collections

  • Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Lane, William James USNR10 November 1943 - 1 July 1944 - 8 July 1944
    02LCDR Hess, Laurent Oscar, USNR8 July 1944 - 12 April 1946
    Courtesy Clyde A. Payne
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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