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USAHS Marigold

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, 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 in 1920 as the passenger/cargo ship SS Old North State for the US Shipping Board (SB 2585) at New York Shipbuilding, Camden N.J.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, 21 October 1920, to the United States Mail Steamship Co.
  • Names changed to SS President Van Buren in 1922 when acquired by United States Lines
  • Purchased by Dollar Steamship Co. in 1924, name retained
  • Laid up at San Francisco in 1936
  • Returned to service in 1940 operated by American President Lines
  • President Fillmore was requisitioned by the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 9 February 1942, and operated by American President Lines as the WSA agent
  • During World War II SS President Fillmore was utilized for troop carrying primarily to Alaska
  • Purchased by the War Shipping Agency, 8 October 1943, for conversion to a hospital ship
  • Converted at Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard
  • Renamed USAHS Marigold
  • Marigold served in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 8 June 1946, name revered to President Fillmore
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 December 1947, to Kaiser Co. (PD-X-395 dated 5 September 1947) for $55,530.00, withdrawn 14 January 1948
    Displacement 11,342 gross tons
    Length 522'8"
    Beam 62'
    Draft 27'2"
    Speed 12 kts.
    212th Hospital Ship Complement
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Patient Capacity 763
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    Cruise Radius 10,000 nm
    Triple expansion steam engine
    single propeller

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    Merchant Service
    294k United States Mail Steamship Co. passenger/cargo ship SS Old North State moored pierside, circa 1920, location unknown.
    Photo from author's collection, scanned from "Wartime Standard Ships", by Nick Robins. Pub. by Seaforth Publishing, A division of Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 47 Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AS. ISBN: 978 1 84832 376 6.
    Robert Hurst
    Marigold 21k Model of New York Shipbuilding passenger/cargo ship SS President Fillmore
    Photo from New York Shipbuilding web site
    USAHS Marigold
    Marigold 113k USAHS Marigold underway, date and location unknown
    Photo from Wikipedia web site
    42k USAHS Marigold underway, date and location unknown
    Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, courtesy
    John Spivey

    USAHS Marigold history is 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
    MARAD Vessel History Database - President Fillmore
    MARAD Vessel History Database - Marigold

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