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USAT Eli D. Hoyle
Mendocino (AK-39) (1941)

USAT Redwood (1941)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Mendocino Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 20 June 1916, as the wood-hull cargo ship Redwood (EFC design 1065) by Pacific-American Fisheries
  • Launched, 22 January 1917
  • Acquired by the War Department, 17 February 1941, placed in commission as USAT Redwood
  • Reassigned to the Navy, 22 May 1941
  • Assigned the name Mendocino, 5 June 1941
  • Directive to man the ship cancelled 30 March 1942, returned to War Department control
  • Renamed USAT Eli D. Hoyle
  • USAT Eli D. Hoyle served in the Alaskan area during World War II carrying cargo and personnel for the US Army
  • Turned over to the War Shipping Administration, 28 June 1945, simultaneously sold to Newtex SS Corp., renamed Redwood
  • Sold to Peruvian firm, 7 December 1945
  • Final Disposition, burned at Callao, Peru, 8 September 1946
    Displacement 1,793 gross tons
    Length 229'4"
    Beam 42'
    Draft 26'11"
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 60
    Passenger Capacity 120
    Cargo Capacity unknow
    Armament unknown
    two reciprocating steam engines, 1,000 shp
    two screws

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    USAT Redwood
    Redwood 96k USAT Redwood moored pierside, date and location unknown. Originally the wooden-hulled cargo ship SS Redwood, this ship was acquired by the Army in early 1941 and was named USAT Redwood as shown here until mid-1941. Note the neutrality markings and peacetime Army paint scheme and funnel markings.
    Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society Photo # PSMHS 227-2, courtesy
    USAT Eli D. Hoyle
    Eli D. Hoyle 191k
    Eli DuBose Hoyle (July 19, 1851 July 27, 1921) was a Brigadier General in the United States Army. He is most noted for his Command of the Port of Embarkation at Governor's Island in New York Harbor during World War I, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal and Soldier's Medal
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    Eli D. Hoyle 89k Wartime image broadside view of USAT Eli D. Hoyle under way, date and location unknown.
    Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society Photo # PSMHS 227-1, courtesy

    Mendocino (AK-39)
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