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USS Golden City (AP-169)
Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Romeo - India
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 (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
La Salle Class Transport:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA.
Launched, 28 October 1943
Commissioned USS Golden City (AP-169), 29 May 1944, CAPT. Charles Marvin Furlow, Jr. USN, in command
During WWII USS Golden City was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 29 July 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 10 January 1945
Leyte landings, 20 October, 18 November 1944
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Zambales landing, 29 January 1945
Following World War II USS Golden City was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|9 to 18 February 1946||9 November to 4 December 1946
Decommissioned, 10 August 1946, at Seattle, WA.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
USS Golden City earned four battle stars for World War II service
Sold to Waterman Steamship Corp., 11 February 1948, for $51,567
Sold to Ocean Clippers, Inc, 20 March 1961
Sold to Overseas Carriers, Corp., renamed SS Ocean Eva
Resold to Overseas Carriers, Corp., renamed SS Sapphire Etta
Sold to Sapphire Lines, 21 January 1966
Seized at Rotterdam in June 1967, sold in court action to 046 Corp., renamed SS Cortland
Sold to Pan-American Tankers Corp. in July 1967
SS Cortland was detained in Saigon from 1968 through 1973 towed to Taiwan
Sold to D. L. Wirth, 18 September 1973
Final Disposition, resold for scrapping to Keun Hwa Iron & Steel Enterprise, Ltd. Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 23' (lim)
Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
Cargo Capacity 2,100 DWT
non-refrigerated, 130,000 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 10,300 Bbls
Diesel 880 Bbls
one General Electric steam turbine
two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 6,000shp
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|USS Golden City (AP-169)
||USS Golden City (AP-169) under way in 1944, location unknown.
US Navy photo. Note she is painted in camouflage pattern measure 32/8T.
|Courtesy, Chuck Ulrich, coordinator/historian AP Transport Group
||USS Golden City (AP-169) under way in San Francisco Bay, in late 1945 or early 1946 returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States, probably as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."|
US Navy photo # NH 98725 donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003 to the US Naval Historical Center.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS Golden City (AP-169) arriving in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946 returning troops from the Western
Pacific to the United States, probably as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."|
US Navy photo
||USS Golden City (AP-169) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
||Ex-USSGolden City (AP-169) in merchant service as the Overseas Carrier Corp.'s SS Overseas Eva moored in the port of Bremen, Germany, April 1965.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS Golden City (AP-169)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Furlow Jr., Charles Marvin :RADM||29 May 1944 - 21 August 1945|
|02||CDR. Banks, Vincent James||21 August 1945 - 10 August 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 10 February 2017
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