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USAT Henry R. Mallory
ex-USS Henry R. Mallory (ID 1280)

Navy call sign:
George - Boy - King - Have

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - George - Jig - Queen

Henry R. Mallory served both the U. S. Army and Navy


  • Built in 1916 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA
  • Delivered 21 October 1916
  • Acquired by the Army 24 May 1917 and named USAT Henry R. Mallory
  • Transferred to the Navy 13 April 1918
  • Commissioned USS Henry R. Mallory (ID 1280), 17 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 30 August 1919 and returned to her owners
  • Torpedoed and sunk 7 February 1943 by the German submarine U-402, 600 miles south, southwest of Iceland at 55 18' N., 26 29' W while en route from New York to Reykjavik, Iceland via Halifax,
    Nova Scotia.


  • Displacement 10,910 t.
  • Length 440' 2"
  • Beam 54' 6"
  • Draft 24'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 199
  • Armament: Four 5"/40 mounts, two 1-pounders and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Four single-ended boilers, one 4,800ihp vertical triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Henry R. Mallory
    Henry R. Mallory 121k Halftone reproduction of an artwork, showing Henry R. Mallory prior to her U.S. Navy service
    Donation of Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 103290
    Robert Hurst
    USS Henry R. Mallory (ID 1280)
    Henry R. Mallory 120k At the New York Navy Yard, 6 September 1918, while painted in pattern camouflage
    U.S. Navy photo NH 53518
    Naval Historical Center
    Henry R. Mallory 153k Arriving in New York Harbor from France in 1919, with her decks crowded with homeward bound troops
    Photographed by Jno. W. Allison, 42 West 39th St., New York City.
    Donation of Robert W. Fisher, February 1974.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99071
    Henry R. Mallory 117k In port, circa 1918-1919.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99080
    Henry R. Mallory 87k In port in 1919, while employed bringing troops home from Europe
    Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR, (Retired), 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105950
    Robert Hurst
    Henry R. Mallory 315k 19 January 1919
    Bordeaux, Gironde, France
    Henry R. Mallory with troops on board from the 327th Field Artillery, 84th Division casuals, sick and wounded
    U.S. Army Signal Corps photo courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine
    Michael G. Rhode
    Henry R. Mallory 278k 19 January 1919
    Bordeaux, Gironde, France. Wounded troops going on board the Henry R. Mallory
    U.S. Army Signal Corps photo courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine
    SS Henry R. Mallory
    Henry R. Mallory 99k Taken while the ship was in port, circa 1942 or early 1943, while she was serving as a civilian-operated troopship
    Copied from the book "Troopships of World War II," by Roland W. Charles
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99291
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT Willis Gemmill Mitchell, USN - USNA Class of 1900
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)
    02CDR Charles Clifton Moses, USN - USNA Class of 19031919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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