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USNS Marine Serpent (T-AP-202)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Marine Adder Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 30 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2360) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 12 June 1945
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 21 September 1945, for charter to United Fruit Co., at Portland, OR.
  • Chartered to American President Lines, 22 November 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission in July 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 8 May 1952 and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Marine Serpent (T-AP-202)
  • During the Korean War Marine Serpent participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    4 to 5 October 1952
    17to 18 November 1952
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    19 May 1953
    24 May to 3 June 1953
    Third Korean Winter
    31 December 1952 to 1 January 1953
    17 to 18 February 1953
    5 to 6 April 1953
    11 to 12 April 1953
    .

  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 17 August 1955
  • Sold for commercial service to Sea Land Service Inc., 16 July 1968, renamed SS Galveston
  • Converted to a containership by Todd Shipyards, Galveston, TX. in 1968
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Taiwan in November 1987
  • Marine Serpent received three battle stars for Korean service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,720 t.(lt) 10,210 t.(fl)
    Length 524'
    Beam 72'
    Draft 26'
    Speed 17 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Troop Accommodations 3,451
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller, 13,750shp

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    SS Marine Serpent - WSA Contract
    Marine Serpent 361k SS Marine Serpent operating under a War Shipping Administration (WSA) contract arriving at San Francisco, CA., 10 February 1947. Marine Serpent left Guam, and Saipan with ASF Troops aboard. Some of the Army units aboard had been assigned to ships radiation and decontamination operations following Operation Cross Roads Atomic Test in 1946. Linda Akers (Her Dad was one of the returning soldiers aboard the ship on this voyage)
    Marine Serpent 576k Cover and two sections of the Official Deck Log for SS Marine Serpent Linda Akers
    Marine Serpent 940k
    Marine Serpent 1375k
    USNS Marine Serpent (T-AP-202)
    Marine Serpent 50k USNS Marine Serpent (T-AP-202) arriving at a US port (probably US Army Port of Embarkation, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.) with returning Vietnam War veterans, 4 June 1965. Gregory C. Price STG1, USN Ret.
    Marine Serpent 220k USNS Marine Serpent (T-AP-202) arriving at a US port (probably US Army Port of Embarkation, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.) with returning Vietnam War veterans, 4 June 1965. Gregory C. Price STG1, USN Ret.
    Marine Serpent 239k USNS Marine Serpent (T-AP-202) arriving at a US port (probably US Army Port of Embarkation, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.) with returning Vietnam War veterans, 4 June 1965. Gregory C. Price STG1, USN Ret.
    Commercial Service
    Marine Serpent 67k ex-Marine Serpent (T-AP-202) in commercial service as the Sea-Land container ship SS Galveston underway on the River Weser, Germany, while departing Bremen, Germany, July 1969. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Marine Serpent 53k SS Galveston off Bremerhaven, Germany, heading out to sea, March 1970. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

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    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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