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USAT J.W. McAndrew
J.W. McAndrew (AP-47)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right top to bottom
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Service Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Laid down, 21 December 1939, as SS Delargentino for the United States Maritime Commission for the Mississippi Shipping Co., at Bethlehem Steels Sparrows Point Shipyard, Baltimore MD.
Launched, 13 July 1940
Completed and delivered to the Mississippi Shipping Co., 8 November 1940
Designated (AP-47) by the US Navy but never taken over by the Navy remaining under Army control throughout World War II
Acquired by the US War Department, 28 June 1941, for use as an Army Transport
Allocated to the US Army Transportation Corps as a troop transport
Commissioned USAT J.W. McAndrew, date unknown
On 13 March 1945 in convoy during a storm the French aircraft carrier
Béarn lost steering and collided with J.W. McAndrew resulting
in the loss of 68 troops and one Naval Armed Guardsman S1/c Carlos A. Inman, USNR
Declared surplus to US Army needs, 5 May 1947
Leased under a General Agency Agreement to American South African Line Inc., 5 May 1947
Sold to Ferrell Lines Inc., 22 December 1948, renamed SS African Enterprise
Returned to the Maritime Administration under the trade-in program, 22 September 1960
Laid up, 19 October 1960 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Temporary custody assumed by the US Navy (removal of spare tail shaft)
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1969, to Boston Metals, Baltimore MD., delivered 8 May 1969
Displacement 6,696 t.(lt) 14,476 t.(fl)
Draft 25' 7"
Speed 17.9 kts.
Troop Capacity unknown
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
one General Electric steam turbine
single propeller, 7,800shp
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|USAT J. W. McAndrew
James W. McAndrew (June 29, 1862 – April 30, 1922) was a career officer in the United States Army.
He attained the rank of major general, and was most notable for his service as chief of staff of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.
Photo by Harris & Ewing, photographer
Library of Congress Catalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2016860501
|USAT J. W. McAndrew moored pierside at New York, date unknown. Originally designated AP-47 by the Navy but handed over to and operated by the Army.
US National Archives photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
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|USAT J. W. McAndrew arriving at Casablanca, Morocco, in November 1942 as part of a US follow-on convoy bringing in troops and supplies following the North African invasion. Note the two 3"/50 guns on the raised platform forward. The ship had one 4"/50 gun aft in 1942.
US Navy photo # 80-G-30488 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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|USAT J. W. McAndrew circa late 1945 or early 1946, possibly at New York. The ship appears to have had its guns, including the
bow gun platform, removed.
Courtesy of Shipscribe.com and Garnett Blackburn
|USAT J. W. McAndrew circa late 1945 or early 1946, possibly at New York with returning WWII veterans.
| Merchant Service
|Ex-USAT J. W. McAndrew in merchant service as the Ferrell Lines freighter/passenger liner SS African Enterprise
|The Ferrell Lines freighter/passenger liner SS African Enterprise
USAT J.W. MCAndrew
History from Wikipedia
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 12 November 2021
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