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USAT George Washington Carver
USAHS Dogwood (1944 - 1945)

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 / Transport:
  • Laid down, 12 April 1943, as SS George Washington Carver a type EC2-S-C1 "Liberty Ship" under Maritime Commission Contract (MCE-542) at Permanente Metals Corp. Yard No. 1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 7 May 1943
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 24 May 1943
  • Assigned by the War Shipping Administration to American South African Line (Farrell Lines) for merchant operation in the Mediterranean
  • Transferred to the War Department, 23 November 1943
  • Converted from November 1943 to July 1944, to a Hague Convention hospital ship at Atlantic Basin Iron Works yard, N.Y.
  • While being converted SS George Washington Carver was renamed USAHS Dogwood
  • USAHS Dogwood made six transatlantic round trips usually between England and Charleston, S.C. before being transferred to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Dogwood arrived at Leyte and Manila in the Philippines in late June
  • She steamed between to Biak, Hollandia, Manila and Biak, Hollandia, and Finschhafen before heading to Los Angeles
  • Dogwood returned to Manila in November 1945 and returning to San Francisco in January 1946
  • Converted to an Army Transport at the Marine Repair Shop, San Francisco Port of Embarkation for conversion to carry a combination of troops and military dependents
  • Renamed USAT George Washington Carver, homeported at Seattle, WA. she operated between Seattle and ports in Alaska into 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 21 March 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 January 1964, to First Steel & Ship Corp.
    Hospital Ship Specifications:
    Displacement 7,933 gross tons
    Length 441'6"
    Beam 56'10"
    Draft 27'
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Merchant Marine, 36 to 52
    Enlisted, unknown
    Patient Capacity 597
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    Cruise Radius 21,000 nm
    two boilers
    one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, 2,500hp Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller

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    War Shipping Administration
    George Washington Carver 141k SS George Washington Carver on the builders ways at Permanente Metals Corp. Yard NO. 1, Richmond, CA. ready for launching, 7 May 1943.
    Photo by E. J. Joseph, US Office of War Information By E. F. Joseph, U.S. Office of War Information - New York Public Library
    USAHS Dogwood
    Dogwood 78k Halftone photo of USAHS Dogwood under way circa 1943-46, location unknown.
    Photo from the book "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 103121, donation of Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired) 2003.<
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Dogwood 66k USAHS Dogwood under way in San Francisco Bay, circa January 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 98757, donation of Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired) 2003.<
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USAT George Washington Carver
    George Washington Carver 66k Halftone reproduction of USAT George Washington Carver under way circa 1946-47, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 103125<
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USAT George Washington Carver and USAHS Dogwood histories are from "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, Published by The Army Transportation Association, Washington, D.C., 1947
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Army Hospital Ship The Dogwood
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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