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USS Montour (APA-101)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Tango. - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 20 October 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 868) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 10 March 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 5 June 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission, 5 June 1944, for transit to her fitting out yard at Brooklyn, N.Y., LCDR. Hans B. Olsen, USNR (APA Ferry Crew # 5), in command
  • Decommissioned, 9 June 1944
  • Fitted out as an Attack Transport at Bethlehem Steel Corp, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commission as USS Montour (APA-101), 9 December 1944, CAPT. James H. Thach, Jr. USN in command
  • During World War II USS Montour was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Graf;
    TransDiv Fifty-Eight;
  • Following World War II USS Montour was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    24 September to 9 November 1945
    5 to 18 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission. 23 April 1946, at the James River National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Turnover to Moran Towing and Transportation Co., under a General Agency Agreement, 16 January 1947, for towing to Yonker, N.Y.
    Delivered to Constable Hook Shipyard, Yonkers, N.Y., 16 January 1947 for reconversion for merchant service
    Moved to Todd Shipyard, Hoboken, N.J. for drydocking, under a General Agency Agreement, 24 Dece3mber 1947, by Isthmian Steamship Co.
    Sold to Isthmian Steamship Co., 5 March 1948, renamed SS Steel Rover
  • Final Disposition, sold, 24 July 1971, to Long Jong Industry Co. for scrapping in Taiwan
    Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Officers 39
    Enlisted 501
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 92
    Enlisted 1,423
    Staff Accommodations
    Officers 43
    Enlisted 108
    Cargo Capacity 4,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 180,500 cu. ft.
    two LCMs
    twelve LCVPs
    three LCPUs
    two single 5"/38 cal dual-purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel - 970 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 400Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Montour (APA-101)
    Montour 92k USS Montour (APA-101) under way, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Milton D. Norstrom
    Merchant Service USA Isthmian SS Co.
    Montour 263k Ex-USS Montour (APA-101) in merchant service as the Isthmian Steamship Co.'s freighter SS Steel Rover.
    The original copyright was with late Alex Duncan.
    US Navy photo.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Montour (APA-101)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LCDR, Olsen, Hans Bernard, USNR (Ferry Crew #5)5 June 1944 - 9 June 1944
     Decommissioned9 June 1944 - 9 December 1944
    01CAPT. Thach Jr., James Harmon USN (USNA 1923) :ADM9 December 1944 - 3 August 1945
    02CDR. Stuart, Alexander L. USNR3 August 1945 - 19 October 1945
    03CAPT. Beaumont Jr., Charles David, USN (USNA 1923)19 October 1945 - 18 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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