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USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13)
USS Joseph T. Dickman (AP-26) (1941 - 1943)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Bravo - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Sicily-10July43) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (5) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS Joseph T. Dickman was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Harris Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 20 July 1920, for the Emergency Fleet Corp as Passenger/Cargo Liner SS Peninsula State under USSB Contract # 2584 at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J., assigned to the United States Mail Line
  • Launched 6 July 1921
  • Delivered 8 February 1922
  • Renamed SS President Pierce in May 1922
  • Transferred to the United States Lines in August 1922, renamed SS President Roosevelt
  • Taken over by the War Department in October 1940 for conversion to a troopship, renamed USAT Joseph T. Dickman
  • Converted to a troopship by Atlantic Basin Iron Works of Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 27 May 1941
  • Commissioned USS Joseph T. Dickman (AP-26) at the New York Navy Yard, 10 June 1941, LCDR. C.W. Harwood, USCG, in command
  • Reclassified Attack Transport (APA-13), 1 February 1943
  • During WWII USS Joseph T. Dickman was assigned first to the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eighteen COMO. J.G. Moyer USN (14);
    TransDiv Fifty-Four, CAPT. J.R. Lannom USN (19) and participated in the following campaigns:
    European Campaigns Asiatic Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Algeria-Morocco landings, 8 to 17 November 1942
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 9 April 1945
    Sicilian occupation
    Gela, 10 to 12 July 1943
    Salerno landings
    9 September 1943
    Invasion of Normandy
    Utah beach, 6 June 1944
    Invasion of Southern France
    14 to 16 August 1944

  • Decommissioned, 7 March 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 January 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Maritime Commission, 31 December 1947, to the Kaiser Co., for scrapping, removed, 9 January 1948
  • USS Joseph T. Dickman received six battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 13,529 t.(lt) 21,900 t(fl)
    Length 535' 2"
    Beam 72' 4"
    Draft 31' 3"
    Speed 16.7 kts.
    Officers 58
    Enlisted 635
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 95
    Enlisted 1,961
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 170,000 cu. ft, 2,600 t.
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    one twin 40mm AA gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 25,720 Bbls
    Diesel 375 Bbls
    eight Yarrow header-type boilers, 265psi 460°
    two Bethlehem Curtis turbines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 100Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 300Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 80Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 10,000shp

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    Joseph T. Dickman 89k SS President Roosevelt underway in the livery of the United States Lines, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Joseph T. Dickman 188k SS President Roosevelt underway in the livery of the United States Lines, circa 1927, location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Joseph T. Dickman 175k
    Joseph T. Dickman 122k Post card image of SS President Roosevelt underway in the livery of the United States Lines, date and location unknown. Courtesy MaritimeDigital Archive. Robert Hurst
    Joseph T. Dickman 86k Post card image of SS President Roosevelt underway in the livery of the United States Lines, circa 1936 in New York harbor. Tommy Trampp
    USS Joseph T. Dickman (AP-26)
    Joseph T. Dickman 222k

    Joseph Theodore Dickman was born October 6, 1857 in Dayton, Ohio. He attended the University of Dayton and graduated in the class of 1871. In 1881 he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in the 3rd Cavalry. Dickman graduated from the US Army Cavalry School in 1883 and proceeded directly to the Indian territory, where he participated in the Apache War from 1885-1886, to include the Geronimo Campaign. He next participated in the Mexican border patrol operations against Garza revolutionists and the bandits, Benavides and Gonzales. Dickman's deployment during the Spanish-American War was notable. He participated in the battle of San Juan Hill-El Caney, Santiago de Cuba. He served on the staff of General Joseph Wheeler during the Philippine Insurrection from 1899-1902 and at the Battles on the Island of Panay from 1899-1900. During the Boxer Rebellion, Dickman was Chief of Staff to General Adna R. Chaffee for the Peking Relief Expedition and fought in the battle at Pa-ta-Chao, Peking on September 26, 1900. Dickman was on the Army General Staff from 1902-1905. He was an instructor at the Army War College from 1905-1912. Dickman was the US Army Inspector General from 1912-1915, taking over 2nd US Cavalry in 1915. He was given command of the 85th Infantry Division, Camp Custer, Michigan, in August of 1917. Dickman was given command of the 3rd Infantry Division in November of 1917, at the onset of World War I. He deployed 3rd Division to France aboard the Leviathan at noon, on March 4, 1918. He was the 3rd Division Commander at Chateau-Thierryin May 1918 and was made famous at the Second Battle of the Marne in July of 1918. While allied forces on both flanks retreated, the 3rd Division stood fast in the face of fantastic enemy offensives, which led to their moniker, "The Rock of the Marne." Dickman commanded IV Corps from August to September of 1918, to include the Saint-Mihiel Offensive in September 1918. Dickman commanded I Corps from October to November 1918, to include the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Third Army was established under the command of Dickman by General John J. Pershing in France to advance to the Rhein and hold the Coblenz bridgehead, then prepare to serve after the war as the Army of Occupation. The Third Army would have become the Army of Occupation whether or not the enemy signed the peace agreement. American fighting units not sent home were consolidated under Third Army and prepared to attack if Germany did not accept the terms of peace. The United States itself was not to sign the agreement but remained technically at war with Germany for two more years. Dickman returned from World War I to serve as President of the Tactics and Organization Board, which reported on lessons learned during the war from April-July 1919. Dickman served as Commanding General of the VIII Corps Area from 1919-21 He retired on October 6, 1921. He was later recalled to preside over postwar-Army downsizing board in 1922. His memoirs were published in 1927. He died in Washington, D.C., on October 23, 1928.
    Text from: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Digital ID: cph 3c22292 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs
    Bill Gonyo
    Orizaba 106k Looking aft from the flight deck of USS Ranger (CV-4) is USS Orizaba (AP-24), center, with USS Joseph T. Dickman (AP-26) steaming in column astern, while en route to Cape Town, South Africa, 21 November 1941. A Vought SB2U scout bomber, of Scouting Squadron 41 (VS-41) is parked at right. Visible on the flight deck is the letter "G" of Ranger's pre-war identification marking "RNGR".
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-466194, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Leonard Wood 112k USS Joseph T. Dickman (AP-26), upper left, and USS Leonard Wood (AP-25), foreground, in Hampton Roads, 12 September 1942. These two ships were the only transports of this class to have only three goalpost masts while in Naval service. APA 12-17 and AP 42-43 all received four Welin triple davits per side during their initial conversion or soon thereafter.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM photo # 19-N-34527. A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13)
    Joseph T. Dickman 134k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) underway in April 1942. Her camouflage is Measure 32R.
    US Navy photo #: NH 99278 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
    Mike Green
    Joseph T. Dickman 133k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) at anchor circa 1943.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. US National Archives photo 26-G-12-14-43(4) from the US Coast Guard Collection in the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Joseph T. Dickman 46k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) underway, 8 April 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Joseph T. Dickman 63k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) at anchor while disembarking troops, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joseph T. Dickman 57k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) at anchor while disembarking troops, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret
    Joseph T. Dickman 123k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) at anchor in Loch Long, near Gourock, Scotland in 1944. Harry Harvey
    Joseph T. Dickman 98k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) in port during World War II.
    US Navy photo # NH 99277 from "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Joseph T. Dickman 57k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) at sea in convoy with other transports, probably at the time of the Southern France invasion, August 1944. Photographed from USS Quincy (CA-71).
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.US National Archives photo #: 80-G-K-1947 (Color).
    Mike Green
    Joseph T. Dickman 68k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13)'s LCVP No. 25, among other LCVPs, being loaded with men and equipment during the first days of June 1944 at one of the "hards" (paved strips running to the water's edge) in southern England for the invasion of Normandy.
    US Army Signal Corps photo.
    Ramon Jackson
    LCI(L)-489 2714k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13)'s LCVP 13-22 loaded with infantry along with and unidentified LCVP on there way to the ship for the cross channel ride, probably in an English port on 4 or 5 June 1944. Note USS LCI(L)-489 in the center background, along with Rhino Barge RB-24 loaded with ambulances, Manuel Provence
    Joseph T. Dickman 294k USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) unloading a jeep into her LCM No. 2 while anchored off the invasion beaches at Normandy, circa June 1944. Tommy Trampp

    USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Harwood, Charles W. USCG10 June 1941 - 27 July 1943
    02CAPT. Mauerman, Raymond J. USCG :VADM27 July 1943 - 26 August 1944
    03CAPT. Leamy, Frank Ashton USCG :RADM26 August 1944 - 29 January 1946
    04CDR. Morrison, Donald Gregor USCG :VADM29 January 1946 - 7 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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