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USAT William R. Gibson

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1919 as SS West Segovia for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) at Northwest Steel, Portland, OR.
  • Launched in 1919
  • Delivered, 28 August 1919 to the United States Shipping Board at a cost of $1,911.795.57
  • Purchased, 5 February 1941 by the War Department, Transportation Corps, renamed USAT William R. Gibson
  • Laid up, 29 July 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL., name reverted to SS West Segovia
  • Sold, 23 October 1946, to Alex Gournares (PD-X-245), for $231,611.00 for operation, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet 3 January 1947
  • Renamed SS Ourania Gurnares, reflagged Panama
  • Renamed SS Gambler in 1959
  • Final Disposition, sunk, 14 January 1960, while enroute to shipbreakers
    Displacement 5,701 gross tons
    Length 410'
    Beam 54'
    Draft 30'
    Speed 10.5 kts
    Armament unknown
    Complement unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    on steam turbine engine
    single shaft 2,500shp

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    William R. Gibson 159k USAT William R. Gibson at Seward, Alaska, in 1941. The ship carries neutrality markings and has not yet been armed.
    Photo from the collection of John W. Baum, Colonel US Army (1914-2000), supplied by his daughter.

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