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USAT Slocum


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row = World War I Victory Medal - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


US Army Tug:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Gypsum King,by Hillman Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched in early 1898
  • Purchased by the Quartermaster Department, 25 July 1898, from the J. B. King Transportation Co.
  • Assigned to the Army Transport Service
  • Named in honor of Major General Henry W. Slocum, commanding general of the XII Corps, Army of the Potomac, at the battle of Gettysburg
  • Assigned to the Army Transport Service at New York Harbor
  • Assigned to the ATS and stationed at the Harbor of Brest, France, as of January 1919
  • Provided harbor tug services to the Army Transport Service and the US Navy’s Cruiser and Transport Force at French ports
  • Departed St. Nazaire, France, 16 August 1919, and arrived at New York, 17 December 1919
  • Transferred to San Francisco in early 1920 via the Panama Canal and reassigned to the ATS Pacific Fleet
  • Converted from coal to oil during August-September 1932
  • Ran aground off Alaska in February 1943, although salvaged, Slocum was ultimately declared a loss, was not repaired, and did not reenter service with the ATS
  • Final Disposition, sold and scrapped in 1946
    Specifications:
    Displacement 587 tons
    Length 148'4"
    Beam 29'3"
    Draft 18'
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Propulsion
    one one reciprocating triple-expansion steam engine
    single propeller

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    Slocum 76k
    Namesake
    Henry Warner Slocum, Sr. (September 24, 1827 – April 14, 1894), was a Union general during the American Civil War and later served in the United States House of Representatives from New York. During the war, he was one of the youngest major generals in the Army and fought numerous major battles in the Eastern Theater and in Georgia and the Carolinas. While commanding a regiment, a brigade, a division, and a corps in the Army of the Potomac, he saw action at First Bull Run, the Peninsula Campaign, South Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Harpers' Ferry and Gettysburg. Slocum participated in the Atlanta Campaign and Gen. William T. Sherman's famous "March to the Sea". In the Carolinas campaign, Slocum's army saw victories in the battles of Averasborough and Bentonville, North Carolina.
    Tommy Trampp
    Slocum 130k USAT Slocum underway, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives RG-92 Records of the Quartermaster General
    US Army Order of Battle, 1919-1941 Vol.4
    Slocum 96k USAT Slocum underway, date and location unknown.
    US Army Signal Corps Photo
    Jim Kurrasch Battleship Iowa Pacific Battleship Center

    The history available for USAT Slocum is from US Army Order of Battle, 1919-1941 Vol.4
    Army Transportation Service Ship's Masters
    01CAPT. Smith, Isaac L., A.T.S.June 1902 - October 1917
    02CAPT. Case, C., A.T.S. October 1917 - 9 November 1917
    03CAPT. Poole, Harry K., A.T.S.9 November 1917 - July 1918
    04CAPT. Eglise, A. Neuf, A.T.S.July 1918 - 8 December 1918
    05CAPT. Pfeiffer, Francis A., A.T.S.8 December 1918 - 20 December 1918
    06CAPT. Eglise, A. Neuf, A.T.S.20 December 1918 - 4 February 1919
    07CAPT. Poole, Harry K., A.T.S.4 February 1919 - December 1919
    08CAPT. Hansen, A., A.T.S.Dec 1919 - February 1921
    09UnknownFebruary 1921 - January 1922
    10CAPT. Smith, Isaac L., A.T.S.January 1922 -March 1923
    11UnknownMarch 1923 - June 1924
    12CAPT. Brinkley, A.T.S.June 1924 - July 1924
    13UnknownJuly 1924 - September 1932
    14CAPT. Van Fleck, F., A.T.S.September 1932 - January 1933
    15UnknownJanuary 1933 - August 1936
    16CAPT. Link, Frank S., A.T.S.August 1936 - May 1938
    17UnknownMay 1938 - 7 December 1941

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