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USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14)
USS Hunter Liggett (AP-27) (1941 - 1943)
USAT Hunter Liggett (1939 - 1941)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - 8 NOV 43) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal

USS Hunter Liggett ex US Army Transport manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Harris Class Transport:
  • Laid down in 1921, as SS Palmetto State under a US Shipping Board (USSB) contract at by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrow Point, MD.
  • Launched, 4 June 1921
  • Delivered to Munson Line, 25 February 1922, renamed SS Pan American
  • Returned to control of the US Maritime Commission in November 1938
  • Acquired by the US Army Transport Service from the Maritime Commission Reserve Fleet at Bayonne, N.J., 21 February 1939
  • Assigned to the New York Port of Embarkation
  • Renamed USAT Hunter Liggett in honor of Lt. Gen. Hunter Liggett, commander of the First U.S. Army in World War I
  • USAT Hunter Liggett conducted her shake down cruise, 10 April 1939, and departed four days later for San Francisco via the Panama Canal
  • USAT Hunter Liggett generally serviced the New York—Panama—San Francisco route and made occasional port calls at Charleston, San Juan, and Honolulu
  • Transported elements of the US Army 1st Division to Charleston, SC, in November 1939 for participation in division tests at Fort Benning, GA.
  • Underwent additional modifications to increase troop capacity in June-July 1940 at the Atlantic Basin Iron Works in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 3 June 1941
  • Converted to a Naval Transport at Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Hunter Liggett (AP-27), 9 June 1941, CAPT. Louis W. Perkins, USCG, in command
  • Reclassified Amphibious Attack Transport (APA-14), 1 February 1943
  • During WWII USS Hunter Liggett was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Ten, (flagship), CAPT. B. Bartlett USN (22)
    TransDiv One and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings, 7 to 9 August 1942 Consolidation of the Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of the southern Solomon Islands, 7 April 1943
    Capture and defense of Guadalcanal, 4 November 1942 Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 1 and 13 November 1943
  • Decommissioned, 19 March 1946, at Olympia, WA.
  • Returned to the War Department
  • Returned, 6 September 1946, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • USS Hunter Liggett earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD., 30 January 1948
    Displacement 13,529 t.(lt) 21,900 t.(fl)
    Length 534'
    Beam 72'
    Draft 31' 3"
    Speed 15 kts.
    Officers 52
    Enlisted 673
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 107
    Enlisted 1417
    Staff Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 33
    Largest Boom Capacity 22 t.
    Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 140,000 cu. ft.,
    three single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two quad 1.1" AA gun mounts replaced with two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    two LCM
    thirty-three LCVP
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 25,720 Bbls
    Diesel 375 Bbls
    two Bath Iron Works Curtiss-type steam turbines
    eight Yarrow header-type boilers, 265psi Sat°
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    one 300Kw 120V D.C.
    one 150Kw 120V D.C.
    one 200Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    USAT Hunter Liggett
    Hunter Liggett 122k

    Hunter Liggett was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on March 21, 1857. In 1879 he graduated from West Point and was assigned as a second lieutenant in the Fifth Infantry. He served in the Montana Territory, Dakota Territory, Texas and Florida, advancing to first lieutenant in June 1884. On 19 October 1894, 1LT Liggett arrived at Fort McPherson along with the regimental headquarters of the 5th Infantry. He served as the Post Adjutant until 25 April 1896 at which time he took command of Company D, 5th Infantry. He was promoted to Captain in June 1897 and left the post when the entire 5th Infantry departed for the Spanish-American War. In June 1898 he was promoted to Major and adjutant general of volunteers for service in Cuba, and the following year was sent to the Philippines with the 31st Infantry Volunteers. In June 1901 he was mustered out of volunteer service and was promoted to major of regulars in May 1902 and lieutenant colonel in June 1909. Following Army War College graduation in 1910, he became president of the War College. The next year he took command of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Division at Texas City, Texas. He returned to the Philippines in 1916 in command of the Provisional Infantry Brigade and of Fort William McKinley. He served as commander of the Department of the Philippines from April 1916 to April 1917 when he was named commander of the Western Department in San Francisco. In August 1917 he took command of the 41st Division at Camp Fremont (Calif.) and deployed with the unit to France. When General Pershing ordered that the first American army corps be formed in January 1918, he placed General Liggett in command. The corps participated in the battles of Cantigny and Belleau Woods, as well as in the defense and offensive operations of the second Marne campaign in July and August. In October 1918 General Pershing relinquished to Lt. Gen. Liggett command of the First Army with its one million soldiers. He remained in command of the First Army until its inactivation in April 1919 when he moved to command the Third Army in occupation duty. Among his many decorations, General Liggett received the Distinguished Service Medal "For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services as commander of the 1st army of the American expeditionary forces. He commanded the 1st corps and perfected its organization under difficult conditions of early service in France, engaged in active operations in reduction of the Marne salient and of the St. Mihiel salient, and participated in the actions of the forest of Argonne. He was in command of the 1st army when the German resistance was shattered west of the Meuse." Upon his return to the United States he commanded the IX Corps area headquartered in San Francisco. General Liggett retired in March 1921 and in June 1930 was promoted to lieutenant general on the retired list by act of Congress. LTG Liggett died in San Francisco on December 30, 1935. Fort Hunter Liggett was named after Lt. Gen. Hunter Liggett (1857-1935), who served as General Pershing's chief of staff as well as the commanding general of First Army and Third Army. The post was originally designated Hunter Liggett Military Reservation in 1941. It consists of approximately 165,000 acres and lies about 22 miles southwest of King City and about 70 miles south of the Presidio of Monterey and the Naval Post Graduate School. It consists of varied terrain that ranges from level valleys and gentle hills, to steep, Rocky Mountains. Its mission is to provide areas for maneuvers, live firing of small arms and armor, fitness and survival training, and training for the Army Reserve. Fort Hunter Liggett was originally the summer ranch of William Randolph Hearst. Some of the buildings currently being used by the Garrison are from the original Hearst Milpitas Ranch. The Hacienda currently on the National Register of Historic Places serves as the Guesthouse and the Community Club. Also located on the fort is the La Cueva Pintada (The Painted Cave). The site also contains a number of original Indian paintings and other significant historical items. The USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14) was one of the three largest attack transports in the Amphibian Force during World War II. It carried 35 landing boats and 2 tank lighters, along with 51 officers and a crew of 634. It was operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.
    Digital ID: ggbain 16581 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
    Bill Gonyo
    Hunter Liggett 107k USAT Hunter Liggett underway, date and place unknown. Richard Leonhardt
    Hunter Liggett
    290k Post card image of USAT Hunter Liggett transiting the Panama Canal (postmarked 1940). David Wright
    Hunter Liggett 54k USAT Hunter Liggett, at Panama, circa 1939-40 M/Sgt. M.L. McCormick, USAF Ret
    Leonard Wood 386k Views of the Port Pier at Tacoma, WA., 13 January 1940. USAT Hunter Liggett moored astern of USAT Leonard Wood are transporting 7,500 soldiers from Fort Lewis and with the USAT St. Mihiel, will transport the soldiers to war games being held 15-22 January, 1940 some where on the California coastline between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. The departure of these troops will leave Fort Lewis manned by only a small security force.
    Tacoma Public Library, Richards Studios, Photo #'s D9334-5 and D9334-13. Items in this collection are made available for educational, academic and personal use
    Mike Green
    Leonard Wood 378k
    Hunter Liggett 100k USAT Hunter Liggett, circa 3 February 1941, while taking part in fleet landing exercises in the Caribbean. Note Higgins-type landing craft on her deck, just aft of the midships superstructure, and U.S. flag painted on her hull side as a neutrality marking. US National Archives photo # 80-G-466193, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives. uS Naval History and Heritage Command
    Hunter Liggett 483k USAT Hunter Liggett underway, date and location unknown. The Army operated Hunter Liggett for two years before she transferred to the Navy on 27 May 1942. During her Army time she participated in several amphibious exercises that demonstrated how ill-prepared both services were to effect over-the-beach landings.
    US. Army Military History Institute photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II", by Donald H. Grover
    Robert Hurst
    Hunter Liggett 93k USAT Hunter Liggett moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Hunter Liggett 238k USAT Hunter Liggett crew fire and boat drill station assignments card Tommy Trampp
    USS Hunter Liggett (AP-27)
    76k USS Barnett (AP-11) at a distance in a formation of troop transports as TF38 between 10 and 18 April, 1942. This was the earliest large force departing the Tidewater and New York areas bound for Australia and Southwest Pacific. At extreme distance is USS Hunter Liggett (AP27)
    Photos by Frank Scherschel, Life Magazine, aboard USS Texas (B-35). Used for non-commercial and educational purpose.
    John Chiquoine
    Hunter Liggett 62k USS Hunter Liggett (AP-27), circa 1942. She is wearing camouflage Measure 12R.
    US Navy photo # NH 86976, from the collections of the uS Naval History and Heritage Command , courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1978.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Hunter Liggett
    546k USS Hunter Liggett (AP-27) underway, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives Identifier 205584532, Local Identifier 26-G-1389, US Coast Guard photo # 1389
    David Upton
    Hunter Liggett
    NA 205584550
    293k USS Hunter Liggett (AP-27) probably Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings, 7-9 August 1942.
    US National Archives Identifiers 205584550, Local Identifier 26-G-1341, US Coast Guard photo # 1350,
    US National Archives Identifiers 205584535, Local Identifier 26-G-1341, US Coast Guard photo # 1341,
    US National Archives Identifiers 205584544, Local Identifier 26-G-1345, US Coast Guard photo # 1345,
    US National Archives Identifiers 205584559, Local Identifier 26-G-1346, US Coast Guard photo # 1346,
    US National Archives Identifiers 205584556, Local Identifier 26-G-1346, US Coast Guard photo # 1343,
    David Upton
    Hunter Liggett
    NA 205584535
    Hunter Liggett
    NA 205584544
    Hunter Liggett
    NA 2055845594
    Hunter Liggett
    NA 2055845596
    Hunter Liggett
    318k USS Hunter Liggett (AP-27) in the floating drydock at Wellington, New Zealand, having her hull scraped. 1-2 October 1942. Photo from Museum Of Wellington, used for educational and non-commercial purpose. John Chiquoine
    Hunter Liggett
    132k USS Hunter Liggett (AP-27) and her boats shift cargo to Koli Point, Guadalcanal, as TG62.4.7, 14 December 1942.
    Photo by Frank Scherschel, Life Magazine. Used for educational and non-commercial purpose.
    John Chiquoine
    USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14)
    Hunter Liggett 109k USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14), conducting amphibious operations, circa 1943-44.
    US National Archives photo # 26-G-06-17-44(1), from the US Coast Guard Collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Hunter Liggett 87k USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14), at anchor circa 1943-45
    US National Archives photo # 26-G-3337, from the US Coast Guard Collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Hunter Liggett
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2036
    95k USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14) of San Francisco, 29 March 1944, after receiving alterations at the Mare Island Navy Yard. The 5"/51 gun aft has been replaced with a 1.1" quad mount. Two of the ship's 4-3"/50 guns are at the forward end of the small poop deck. Note also the multiple steering wheels on this deck for emergency use.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo #'s 2036, 2039, 2040 courtesy Darryl Baker and US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-66838, courtesy
    Darryl Baker and
    Robert Hurst
    Hunter Liggett
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2039
    Hunter Liggett
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2040
    Hunter Liggett
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-66838
    Hunter Liggett 97k Aft plan view of USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14) at San Francisco, 1 April 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2087.
    Darryl Baker
    Hunter Liggett 94k Forward plan view of USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14) at San Francisco, 1 April 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2088.
    Darryl Baker
    Hunter Liggett 60k USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14) probably during amphibious training operations in the San Diego area, circa second half of 1944.
    US National Archives photo # Photo No. 26-G-1781 a US Coast Guard photo from the Office of the US Coast Guard Historian.
    Mike Green
    Hunter Liggett 155k USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14) underway, probably while serving as an amphibious training ship in the San Diego area,, circa April to December 1944. Note the "Smoker" in progress. John Rubin for his father CPhM Seldon L. Rubin USS Hunter Liggett
    Hunter Liggett 70k USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14), circa 1945-46. The gun at her bow has been removed, indicating that the view was taken after the end of World War II.
    US Navy photo # NH 78567, from the collections of the uS Naval History and Heritage Command .
    uS Naval History and Heritage Command
    Hunter Liggett
    171k Ex-Hunter Liggett (APA-14) under tow at Long Beach in 1948. Hunter Liggett was under tow from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD. for dismantling. David Wright
    Hunter Liggett 569k Outboard and inboard profiles of USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14) as of May 1945.
    Illustration from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Hunter Liggett 146k Deck plan for USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14) as of May 1945.
    Illustration from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Fordyce, Lyle, C., A.T.S.6 April 1939 - 8 December 1941USAT Hunter Liggett
    01CDR. Perkins, Louis Waite (Willie), USCG :RADM9 June 1941 - 21 May 1943AP-27/APA-14
    02CAPT. Patch, Roderick Segley, USCG21 May 1943 - 21 July 1945APA-14
    03CAPT. Paden, Clarence Charles, USCG21 July 1945 - 4 March 1946APA-14
    04CDR. Johnson, Frank Kenneth, USCG4 March 1946 - 19 March 1946APA-14
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Ship's Newspaper pages from the "USAT Hunter Liggett News", 26 December 1939
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