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USAHS Frances Y. Slanger (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 - World War II Victory Medal
Hospital Ship / Transport:
Built in 1927 by Cantiere Navale Triestino, Monfalcone, Trieste, Italy
Prior to World War II operated by the Italian Government
Turned over to the allies in September 1943
Accepted by the War Shipping Administration in October 1943
Converted to a troopship operated by the War Shipping Administration
Assigned to American Export Lines, 18 November 1943, for operation under contract to the War Shipping Administration
MV Saturnia made four voyages to Europe in 1944
Chartered by the War Department, 17 January 1945
Converted to a Hospital Ship at Todd-Eire Basin, Brooklyn, 17 January to June 1945
Commissioned USAHS Frances Y. Slanger, date unknown
During 1945 USAHS Frances Y. Slanger made four voyages from the United States to Cherbourg, France and one to Bermuda
Decommissioned as a hospital ship in November 1945
Altered for transporting military service members and dependents and renamed USAT Saturnia
Redelivered, 19 November 1946, at New York to the Italian government
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1965
Frances Y. Slanger, 19,637 gross tons
Frances Y. Slanger, 28'9"
Speed 19 kts.
Cruise Radius 12,000 nm.
235th Hospital Ship Complement (HSC), 400, Col. Gilbert Saynes in command
Patients Francis Y. Slanger, 1,618
Passengers Saturnia, 3,714
Cargo Capacity Saturnia, 156,430 cu ft
Fuel Capacities unknown
twin Diesel engines
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||MV Saturnia under way, date and location unknown.
USAHS Frances Y. Slanger
||USAHS Frances Y. Slanger moored pierside at New York Port of Embarkation, Brooklyn, 1945.
US Army Signal Corps photo.
USAT Saturnia and
USAHS Frances Y. Slanger 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
Maritime Timetable Images - Frances Y Slanger
Maritime Timetable Images - Saturnia
The American War Bride Experience
MARAD Vessel History Database
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