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USS Henry T. Allen (AG-90)
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USS Henry T. Allen (APA-15) (1943 - 1945)
USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30) (1941 - 1943)
USAT Henry T. Allen (1940 - 1941)

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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 13 July 1943) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal


Harris Class Transport:
  • Laid down in early 1919 at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J. as an Army Transport under USSB contract
  • Launched, 25 May 1919
  • Completed in June 1921 as SS Wenatchee, but determined to be excess to Army needs
  • Sold for merchant service to Pacific Steamship Co. as SS Wenatchee
  • Purchased by Admiral Orient Line in November 1922, renamed SS President Jefferson
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the reserve fleet at Seattle, WA. in 1938
  • Acquired by the U.S. Army Transport Service, 1 November 1940, from the Maritime Commission
  • Assigned to the ATS Pacific Fleet with homeport at Fort Mason, CA.
  • Renamed USAT Henry T. Allen, 12 February 1941
  • Transferred to the Navy, 6 December 1941, and placed in reduced commission for transit to Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA., for conversion to a Naval Transport
  • Commissioned in full as USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30), 22 April 1942, CAPT. Paul A. Stevens USN in command.
  • During World War II USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30 / APA-15) was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    North African occupation
    Algeria-Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1942
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 May 1944
      Hollandia operation
    Tanahmerah Bay 21 to 24 April 1944 and 2 to 9 May 1944

  • Reclassified, Attack Transport (APA-15), 1 February 1943
  • Decommissioned, 5 February 1946, and returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30 / APA-15) earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 January 1948, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore MD. (PD-X-401 dated 7 October 1947), withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and delivered NASSCO
    Specifications:
    Displacement 13,529 t.(lt) 21,900 t.(fl)
    Length 535'
    Beam 72'
    Draft 31' 3"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 52
    Enlisted 673
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 107
    Enlisted 529
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 409,400 cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/51 cal gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two quad 1.1" AA gun mounts replaced with two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    fifteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 25,600 Bbls
    Diesel 900 Bbls
    Gasoline 35,000 Gals
    Propulsion
    eight Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 265psi 480°
    two Westinghouse geared turbines
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 300Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 100Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 6,000shp

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    Merchant Service
    Henry T. Allen 100k SS Wenatchee operated by the Pacific Steamship Company, arrives in Seattle, WA. in 1921.
    Photo from "Pacific Marine Review; of 18 May 1921, page 318". Author Unspecified, probably Pacific Steamship Company.
    Robert Hurst
    Henry T. Allen 68k SS President Jefferson operated by the Admiral Orient Line, date and location unknown.
    Photo from US Army Order of Battle 1919 - 1942 Vol. 4, courtesy Mariner Museum, Newport News, VA.
     
    Henry T. Allen 121k Admiral Orient Lines cruise ship SS President Jefferson 1923 advertisement for sailings from Seattle to Japan. Tommy Trampp
    USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30)
    Henry T. Allen 97k
    Namesake

    Henry Tureman Allen (April 13, 1859 - August 30, 1930) is known for exploring the Copper River in Alaska in 1885 along with the Tanana and Koyukuk rivers by transversing 1,500 miles of wilderness. His trek has been compared to that of Lewis and Clark. Born in Sharpsburg, Kentucky, he graduated from West Point in 1882, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the cavalry. He served on the staff of General Nelson Miles. He later served as a military attache to Russia (1890-1895) and Germany (1897-1898). Allen also served in the Spanish-American War in the Battle of El Caney and in World War I where he led the 90th Infantry Division.
    Text: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Digital ID: npcc 08196 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
    Bill Gonyo
    Henry T. Allen 62k USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30) leaving Norfolk, VA. out bound to sea enroute to "Operation Torch", 1942.
    Photo Marion Johnson.
    Robert Hurst
    Hnery T. Allen 52k USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30) (stern visible) moored pierside at Casablanca forward of USS George Clymer (APA-27) which is inboard of USS Hambleton (DD-455). The destroyer had been torpedoed amidships off Fedala, Morocco, 11 November 1942. The French merchant ship De La Salle 1s at right.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-21886, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USS Henry T. Allen (APA-15)
    Henry T. Allen 63k USS Henry T. Allen (APA-15) under way, 11 February 1944. The ship is operating between New Guinea and Australian ports, carrying both American and Australian troops in support of the Allied offensive in New Guinea and the Solomons.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302620
    Mike Green
    Henry T. Allen 103k USS Henry T. Allen (APA-15) with troops climbing down cargo nets into a waiting LCVP, date and location unknown.
    A US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Henry T. Allen 258k USS Henry T. Allen (APA-15)Memorandum to all staff enlisted personnel going ashore on liberty at Manila, P.I. Greg Hook for his uncle Wilson J. Hill RM3/c
    USS Henry T. Allen (AG-90)
    Henry T. Allen 76k USS Henry T. Allen (AG-90) in San Francisco Bay at the end of 1945 or beginning of 1946 after concluding the war as a headquarters ship.
    US Navy photo No. NH 82206 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green

    USS Henry T Allen (AP-30 / APA-15)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. McPherson, James A.T.S.11 November 1940 - 6 December 1941USAT Henry T. Allen
    01CAPT. Stevens, Paul Augustus, USN (USNA 1913)22 April 1942 - 21 June 1943USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30 / APA-15)
    02CAPT. Meyer, John, USN21 June 1943 - 21 May 1944USS Henry T. Allen (APA-15)
    03CAPT. Brumbaugh, Heber Byron, USN (USNA 1921-A)21 May 1944 - 11 December 1944USS Henry T. Allen (APA-15)
    04CAPT. Chapman, Joseph Ellsworth, USN (USNA 1923)11 December 1944 - 20 December 1944USS Henry T. Allen (APA-15)
    05CAPT. Guthrie, Harry Aloysius, USN (USNA 1921-A) :RADM20 December 1944 - 4 January 1945USS Henry T. Allen (APA-15)
    06CAPT. Burgess, Elwood Eclair, USN (USNA 1922)4 January 1945 - 5 February 1946USS Henry T. Allen (APA-15 / AG-90)
    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
    Christmas Day Dinner Menu - 25 December 1943
    USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30/APA-15) Daily Newspaper
    Breakfast News - 3 September 1945
    Breakfast News - 5 September 1945

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