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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 Colombie in 1931 by Ateliers ei Chantiers de France, Dunkirk, France, for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique for their Havre - West Indies route.
  • Launched, 18 July 1931
  • 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 Colombie 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 Mt Atlantica
  • Typaldos Lines bankrupt in 1968
  • Sold for scrapping in 1974
    Displacement 12,348 gross tons
    Length 520'
    Beam 66'4"
    Draft 26'7"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Patient Capacity 828
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    Cruise Radius 10,800 nm
    two steam turbines
    two propellers

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    Pre WWII Merchant Service Compagnie Générale Transatlantique
    Aleda E. Lutz
    83k SS Colombie launching, 18 July 1931, at Ateliers ei Chantiers de France, Dunkirk, France. John Spivey
    Aleda E. Lutz
    130k SS Colombie underway, date and location unknown. John Spivey
    USAHS Aleda E. Lutz
    Aleda E. Lutz
    Aleda E. Lutz - (November 9, 1915 – November 1, 1944) was a United States Army flight nurse. She was the first American servicewoman to be killed in combat during World War II, and the first military woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, which she received posthumously. She is the second-highest decorated woman in the history of the U.S. military.
    Tommy Trampp
    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.  
    Aleda E. Lutz
    108k USAHS Aleda E. Lutz arriving at Port of Embarkation, Charleston, S.C., date unknown
    U.S. Army Signal Corps photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Post WWII Merchant Service Typaldos Lines
    Aleda E. Lutz
    154k Typaldos Line Mt Atlantica brochure, circa 1965 Tommy Trampp
    Aleda E. Lutz
    81k Typaldos Line Mt Atlantica laid up at Praeus, Greece in 1970 Tommy Trampp

    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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