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|Campaign and Dates||Campaign and Dates|
|Gilbert Islands operation
Tarawa landing, 20 to 29 November 1943
Leyte Gulf landings, 20 October and 14 November 1944
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 to 23 February 1943
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 24 June 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
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|Pre-War Merchant Service
|840k||1940s magazine advertisements featuring SS African Comet built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS. (Ingalls Ironworks, Birmingham, AL.)||Tommy Trampp|
|34k||American South African Lines, Inc.'s SS African Comet as built for merchant service before acquisition by the US Navy, underway, circa late-1941, location unknown.||Dan Carey|
|USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55)
On 11 February 1776, Middleton was appointed to a committee of 11 to draft a constitution for South Carolina. A few days later, he was elected to the Continental Congress and, still later, signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of South Carolina. He continued serving in the Congress until October 1777. While he was reelected three more times between 1778 and 1780, Middleton did not actually serve in Congress during these years. During the siege of Charleston in 1780, Middleton was a member of the militia. He was taken prisoner when the British captured the city and was sent to St. Augustine, Fla., as a prisoner of war. He was exchanged in July 1781 and sat in the session of Congress of 1782. After the war ended, Middleton devoted himself to managing his plantation. He died at Goose Creek, S.C., on 1 January 1787.
|90k||SS African Comet, 10 January 1942, soon after her arrival at the Tietjen & Lang Dry Dock Co. yard in Hoboken, N. J. for
interim conversion to USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55). Although this handsome ship was completed and ran trials as a merchant ship, the Navy took her over
before she could enter mercantile service.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-27716 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|87k||USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55) departing New York, 18 January 1942, enroute to the Pacific after interim conversion for Naval service at Tietjen & Lang Dry Dock Co. yard in Hoboken, N. J. She operated as a civilian-manned convoy-loaded transport until arriving at San Francisco in June 1942 for final conversion to a combat-loaded (attack) transport.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-27271 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|67k||USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55), underway in the Pacific Ocean, date unknown.
US Coast Guard photo.
|104k||USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55) undergoing conversion from a Maritime Commission Passenger and Cargo liner to an Attack Transport in drydock at San Francisco Navy Yard, Hunters Point, circa 1942. Photographs show how much had to be added to a cargo liner to convert her into an attack transport. She needed heavier booms to handle landing craft (note the boat chocks atop the hatch in the photo of the ship's after end). Note also the catwalk to assist in handling personnel boats launched from the new triple Welin davits, and the boat chocks positioned under the davits. The small lattice mast ultimately carried a radar antenna.
Mare Island Navy Yard photos from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
|732k||USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55) under tow in Suisun Bay after modification at Mare Island Navy Yard, 2 September 1942.
US Navy Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #'s 5310-9-42 and 5312-9-42 from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and History Museum.
|122k||USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55) in late 1942 after completing conversion to a combat-loaded (attack) transport.
Note the 5"/51 gun on the stern.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-27271 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|22k||USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25)
|85k||USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, 4 September 1943. Her 5"/51 gun aft has been removed and two
twin 40mm mounts have been added, one on the stern in place of the 5" gun and one in a new elevated position at the bow.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-50432 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|59k||USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|124k||USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25) overhead view, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|96k||USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25) underway off San Francisco, 30 August 1945. Improvements visible include a twin radar-controlled 40mm AA gun mount forward, just abaft the two 3"/50s, and an enclosed control position just forward of the lattice radar mast.
US Navy photo # USN 339869 from the collections of the Office of the US Coast Guard Historian.
|Mike Green and Robert Hurst|
|71k||LT. Robert E. Burke USCGR on board USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25)during World War II.||Dan Carey|
|70k||LT. Robert E. Burke USCGR and two fellow USS Middleton officers with Jack Dempsey.||Dan Carey|
|197k||USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25) returning veterans to San Francisco from the Pacific after the war during "Operation Magic Carpet," circa 1946.||Dan Carey|
|01||CAPT. Perry, Paul Kelly, USCG||7 September 1942 - 31 July 1943||AP-55 / APA-25|
|02||CAPT. Olsen, Severt A., USCG||31 July 1943 - 19 December 1943||APA-25|
|03||CAPT. McKean, George W., USCG Temporary||19 December 1943 - 8 March 1944||APA-25|
|04||CAPT. Olsen, Severt A., USCG||8 March 1944 - 20 August 1945||APA-25|
|05||CAPT. Glynn, John A., USCG||20 August 1945 - 8 February 1946||APA-25|
|06||CAPT. Adams, Jr., Joseph Wade, USN (USNA 1924)||8 February1946 - 8 August 1946||APA-25|
|07||CDR. Beyer Jr., Aaron Frederick, USN (USNA 1933)||8 August 1946 - 21 October 1946||APA-25|
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