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USAT James Parker
James Parker (AP-46) (1941)
USAT Panama (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 - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Passenger Transport:
  • Built in 1939 as SS Panama for the Panama Railroad Co. at Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding, Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed, 23 April 1939
  • Delivered, 13 June 1941, to the Maritime Commission and simultaneously delivered to the War Department by the Maritime Commission
  • Designated (AP-46) by the US Navy but never taken over by the Navy remaining under Army control throughout World War II
  • Placed in Commission, by the US Army Transportation Service as USAT Panama
  • Converted to a troop transport and renamed USAT James Parker in August 1941
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Returned to the Panama Railroad Co. in July 1951
  • Sold to American President Lines, 9 January 1957, renamed SS President Hoover
  • Sold to the Greek shipping company International Cruises S. A. a Chandris Group Company., 12 February 1964, reflagged Greece, renamed SS Regina
  • Reflagged Panama, 24 November 1964, ownership unchanged, renamed SS Regina Prima
  • Laid up at Piraeus, Greece in 1979 Final Disposition, towed in 1985 to Aliaga - Izmir, Turkey where she was broken up and scrapped
    Displacement 10,002 t.(lt) 14206 t.(fl)
    Length 493' 6"
    Beam 64'
    Draft 26' 9"
    Speed 18kts (estimate)
    Troop Capacity (troopship configuration) 2,324
    Cargo Capacity (original configuration) 76,251 cu. ft.
    one 4" stern mounted deck gun
    bow mounted gun, unknown calaber
    two Bethlehem Steel steam turbine engines
    two Yarrow boilers, 465psi 765°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 350Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    twin propellers, 10,000shp

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    USAT Panama
    25k 4" gun being lowered into place on the stern of USAT Panama in 1941 Tommy Trampp
    49k View looking forward at the USAT Panama's bow gun in 1941 Tommy Trampp
    21k USAT Panama's U.S. Navy Armed Guard Detachment, circa 1941 Tommy Trampp
    USAT James Parker
    James Parker 32k
    James Parker (February 20, 1854 – June 2, 1934) was a major general in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his role in the Philippine–American War during 1899. His son, Cortland Parker, also became a major general in the United States Army.
    James Parker 75k USAT James Parker moored pierside during World War II. Note the similarity to USS Ancon (AGC-4), of which she was a sister.
    Image from "Troopships of World War II" by Roland W. Charles, Washington, D.C., 1947, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    James Parker
    306k USAT James Parker in New York Harbor, 17 June 1946. She is bringing part of the 14,389 strong 86th Blackhawk Division home from Europe.
    US National Identifier # 100310577, US Army Signal Corps photo # 282088
    David Upton
    James Parker 82k USAT James Parker moored in late 1945 or in 1946. The absence of guns and the colors on the stack indicate this is a postwar photo.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 91274 by Roger Scozzafava, courtesy of C.N. Dragonette, from
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service Panama Railroad Line American President Line Chandris Line
    60k U.S. flagged Panama Railroad Co. Passenger Liner SS Panama Tommy Trampp
    35k U.S. flagged Americal President Line Passenger Liner SS President Hoover Tommy Trampp
    61k Greek flagged Chandris Line Passenger Liner SS Regina Tommy Trampp
    82k Panama flagged Chandris Line Passenger Liner SS Regina Prima Tommy Trampp

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    LT.COL. James Parker Medal of Honor Citation
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