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USAHS Aleda E. Lutz
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Built as SS Columbie in 1931 by Ateliers ei Chantiers de France, Dunkirk, France, for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique for their Havre - West Indies route.
Served as armed merchant ship for France, circa 1940-41
Taken by the US Army at Casablanca, Morocco in December 1942
Converted in 1943 to a troopship by Arthur Tickle Engineering Co., New York, between April and October 1943, operated under the jurisdiction of the War Shipping Administration, with the French Line Inc. serving as general agents
During World War II SS Columbie operated between the east coast of the United States and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater of operation
Acquired by the US Army Transportation Service for conversion to a hospital ship by Arthur Tickle Engineering Co., New York, between January and April 1945
Commission USAHS Aleda E. Lutz, 13 February 1945
Decommissioned, 6 April 1946, returned to the War Shipping Administration
Returned to the French Lines, 11 April 1946
Modernized and returned to commercial service on the Havre-West Indies route for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique
Sold in 1964 to Typaldos Lines, renamed SS Atlantica
Typaldos Lines bankrupt in 1968
Sold for scrapping in 1974
Displacement 12,348 gross tons
Speed 16 kts.
Patient Capacity 828
Fuel Capacities unknown
Cruise Radius 10,800 nm
two steam turbines
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Compagnie Générale Transatlantique
||Post Card photo of SS Columbie at anchor in the French Antilles, circa 1960s
USAHS Aleda E. Lutz
||USAHS Aleda E. Lutz moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, T.H., circa 21-34 November 1945.
||Carl Kracht for his father PHom1/c Ken Kracht
||USAHS Aleda E. Lutz in New York Harbor, circa 1945-46.
USAHS Aleda E. Lutz history is from "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, Published by The Army Transportation Association, Washington, D.C., 1947
Last Updated 18 January 2019
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