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USAT Imperial

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Laid down in 1937-38, as SS Imperial at Nakskov Skibs A/S, Nakskov, Denmark
  • Launched in 1938
  • Delivered in 1938
  • Sold, date unknown, to Compania Sud Americana de Vapores, reflagged Chile
  • Purchased, 30 August 1943, by the War Shipping Administration from Compania Sud Americana de Vapores and assigned to the War Department, Transportation Corps. the same day
  • Delivered in September 1943 to Bethlehem Steel Key Highway Plant for conversion to a US Army troopship
  • Commissioned USAT Imperial in April 1944
  • During World War II USAT Imperial was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 31 January 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Sold, 14 August 1947, to the government of Turkey, delivered, 12 June 1948
    Displacement 7,279 t.(gross)
    Length 441'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 22'
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement and Troop Accommodations
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    one 5-cyl Diesel engine
    single propeller

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    USAT Imperial 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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