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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


Hospital Ship:
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 12,348 gross tons
    Length 520'
    Beam 66'4"
    Draft 26'7"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Patient Capacity 828
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    Cruise Radius 10,800 nm
    Propulsion
    two steam turbines

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    Merchant Service Compagnie Générale Transatlantique
    Aleda E. Lutz 255k Post Card photo of SS Columbie at anchor in the French Antilles, circa 1960s  
    USAHS Aleda E. Lutz
    Aleda E. Lutz 1457k 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
    Aleda E. Lutz 169k 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
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