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USNS LT. Robert Craig (T-AK-252)
USAT LT. Robert Craig
USAT Bowling Green Victory

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Uniform - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

LT. George W. G. Boyce Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 June 1945, as SS Bowling Green Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV-811), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Los Angeles, CA.
  • Launched, 28 August 1945
  • Delivered to her operator, J. H. Winchester, 27 September 1945, for operation under contract to the War Shipping Administration
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 5 June 1946 and transferred to US Army custody, placed in commission as USAT Bowling Green Victory
  • Laid up in Reserve at Tompkins Cove, 30 August 1949, US Army retains title
  • Renamed USAT LT. Robert Craig, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 9 August 1950, and placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS LT. Robert Craig (T-AK-252)
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1973
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 28 August 1973, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Maritime Administration, 26 December 1974, to National Bulk Carriers Inc, New York for non-transportation use, fate unknown
    Displacement 15,589 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 53
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp

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    USAT Bowling Green Victory
    Lt. Robert Craig 91k USAT Bowling Green Victory moored pierside in 1946 at Searsport, ME. Edward Bojekian USAT Bowling Green Victory
    USNS Lt. Robert Craig (T-AK-252)
    Lt. Robert Craig 12k
    Robert Craig (1919–July 11, 1943) received the Medal of Honor for heroic service as an infantry officer during the Allied invasion of Sicily in World War II.
    Tommy Trampp
    Lt. Robert Craig 62k USNS LT. Robert Craig (T-AK-252) underway, date and location unknown. William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    Lt. Robert Craig 57k USNS LT. Robert Craig (T-AK-252) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, June 1967. Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Lt. Robert Craig 31k USNS LT. Robert Craig (T-AK-252), date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USNS LT. Robert Craig (T-AK-252)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    LT. Robert Craig Medal of Honor Citation
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