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|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of southern France 15 August to 25 September 1944
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|19 September to 22 October 1945
|19 September to 22 October 1945
|30 December 1945 to 7 January 1946
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|SS Blue Hen State commemorative launching plaque with champaign bottle
|Launching of SS Blue Hen State at the New York Shipbuilding, Camden, N. J., 23 February 1921. Blue Hen State is the last of seven similar passenger and cargo liners built for the United States Shipping Board (USSB). Miss Clara L. Bolling ten-year-old daughter of R. W. Bolling, treasurer of the USSB christened the ship.
|SS Blue Hen State underway around the time of her completion in July 1921 by the New York S.B. Co., Camden, N.J.
National Archives photo # RG-32-UB, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|SS President Garfield pierside at Kowloon, China in November 1931.
|SS President Garfield underway in the livery American President Lines, circa 1938-39.
|USS Kenmore (AP-62)
|USS Kenmore (AP-62) off Locust Point, Baltimore, MD., 14 August 1942, on post-conversion trials.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-32217 and 19-N-32116, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|USS Kenmore (AP-62) off Locust Point, Baltimore, MD., 25 August 1942, a few days after completing conversion.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-33268 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|USS Refuge (AH-11)
|USS Refuge (AH-11) at her commissioning ceremony at Baltimore, MD., 1 March 1944. Photo Courtesy of LT. G.G. Grace. National Museum of Health and Medicine BUMED PHoto 14-0073-001
|USS Refuge (AH-11) assisted by tugs, getting underway from the Maryland Dry Dock Co., Baltimore, MD., 10 March 1944. The ship moved down the bay to Norfolk Navy Yard for supplies and crew training
US Navy photo, from the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine.
|Robert Hurst and Bill Gonyo
|USS Refuge (AH-11) underway after departing Norfolk Navy Yard, 20 April 1944. The ship made its departure at Cape Henry and proceeded east across the Atlantic on its way to Algeria. When about 40 miles off shore that afternoon, the ship was photographed probably from an airship belonging to Lighter-than Air Squadron (ZP-24) stationed at NAS Weeksville in North Carolina.
US Navy photo and text from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
|USS Refuge (AH-11) moored pierside at Portsmouth, VA., 30 July 1944, with 500 Navy casualties, mostly from D-Day fighting. The ship also discharged 150 US Army wounded ashore at Newport News. VA. AP Wire Photo.
|Partial view of one of the medical wards aboard USS Refuge (AH-11) Refuge departed for Southern France in August and together with Army Hospital Ships shuttled patients from St. Tropez Bay to Naples, Italy. She was one of the only Navy Hospital Ships to operate in the region. In December 1944 the vessel was attached to the Service Force, 7th Fleet, and started operating in the Pacific Theater.
Photo courtesy of the WWII US Medical Research Center.
|Ensign Ernestine Hess poses in front of USS Refuge (AH-11)'s buff colored funnel as she contemplates her new nursing duties on the ship. At the time Refuge was the newest and largest navy hospital ship.
US Navy photo # 80-G-045037 now in the collections of the US National Archives. Photo and text from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
|USS Refuge (AH-11) moored pierside on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, while providing hospital services and embarking evacuees in September 1945.
US Navy photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
|USS Refuge (AH-11) moored pierside on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, circa 19 to 22 October 1945.
|James Lybolt US Army Military Police Corps 1978-1987 Active and Reserve
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