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USAT President Grant

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of Awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with "A" device)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War (I Victory Medal

  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Centennial State, a USSB type-1095 Passenger-Cargo Liner, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board (USSB), 23 April 1921
  • Operated for USSB by United States Lines in Atlantic service between New York and Europe
  • Sold in 1923 to the Robert Dollar Co., renamed SS President Adams
  • Began Round-the-World cruises from New York, 7 February 1924
  • Taken over by the United States Maritime Commission in 1938
  • Allocated by the War Shipping Administration in 1940
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps, Commissioned USAT President Grant
  • Final Disposition, wrecked, 26 April 1944 SE of New Guinea
    Displacement 10,500 t.(lt) 12,000 t.(fl)
    Length 522'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 31'
    Speed 14 kts
    Complement 115
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity 465,940 cu ft
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Propulsion two 4-cylinder triple expansion inverted reciprocating engines, 7,000 shp
    twin propellers

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    USAT President Grant
    U S Grant 125k
    Ulysses S. Grant, victorious commander of the Union Army during the Civil War, and 18th President of the United States, was born 1822 at Point Pleasant, Ohio. He graduated from West Point in 1843; served under Taylor and Scott in the Mexican War; resigned his commission 1854. On the outbreak of Civil War he was commissioned Colonel of the 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry, later Major General of Volunteers. His wise use of power afloat in combined operations, commencing with the occupation of Paducah, Ky., won impressive victories at Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga. His determination to win prompted Lincoln to appoint him supreme commander of the Union forces. His relentless campaign against Richmond, in which he continued to take full advantage of the North's control of the sea, forced Lee to surrender at Appomattox. In 1867 Grant received an interim appointment as Secretary of War. In 1868 he was elected to his first of two terms as President. He devoted his later years to the writing of his "memoirs," which were published in 1885, the year of his death.
    Digital ID: cph 3a53291 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
    Bill Gonyo
    U S Grant 38k Survivors from HMAS Canberra (D-33) being transferred from the destroyer USS Patterson (DD-392) to USAT President Grant. Canberra was scuttled off Guadalcanal, 9 August 1942, after sustaining heavy damage the night before.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. P11247.001
    Mike Green
    U S Grant
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302707
    57k USAT President Grant coming alongside a pier at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 28 August 1942. President Grant is carrying HMAS Canberra (D-33) survivors.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No.'s 302707 and 305628
    Mike Green
    U S Grant
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 305628
    U S Grant 55k USAT President Grant) under way at an unidentified location. The ship is armed with the typical transport armament, one 5/38 DP stern mounted gun and four 3/50 DP single tub mounted guns forward and aft.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302708
    Mike Green

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