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USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Papa - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, North Africa) - American Campaign Medal - Europe, Africa Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Elizabeth C. Stanton Class Transport:
  • Laid down as SS Sea Star, a Maritime Commission type (C3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 52) at Moore Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 22 December 1939
  • Transferred to Moore McCormack Lines Inc. under a Transportation Corps Agreement, at San Francisco, CA., 18 January 1942
  • Custody transferred to the War Department, 11 August 1942
  • Acquired by the Navy, 13 September 1942, as a Bare Bottom Charter
  • Commissioned, USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69), 17 September 1942, CAPT. Ross A. Dierdorff, USN (Ret.) in command
  • During World War II USS Elizabeth C. Stanton was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Algeria-Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1942
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 to 8 June 1945
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943  
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  
    Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944  

  • Following World War II USS Elizabeth C. Stanton was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    19 September to 11 October 1945
    19 to 29 November 1945

  • Decommissioned and turned over the Maritime Commission, 3 April 1946 at New York, N.Y.
  • USS Elizabeth C. Stanton earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Transferred-Re-delivered to Moore McCormack Lines Inc., 3 April 1946 under a General Agency Agreement, renamed SS Mormacstar
    Sold to Peninsular Navigation Corp, 14 February 1961, renamed SS Jacqueline Someck
    Re-sold to Moore McCormack Lines Inc., 18 December 1963
    Re-sold to Windward Steam Ship Corp., 28 February 1964, renamed SS National Seafarer
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in September 1967 for scrapping in Japan
    Displacement 7,980 t.(lt) 14,400 t.(fl)
    Length 492' 1"
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 24'
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Officers 39
    Enlisted 390
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 125
    Enlisted 1,970
    Cargo Capacity 600 DWT
    Non-refrigerated 154,798 Cu. ft.
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 40MM AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 26,100 Bbls
    Diesel 315 Bbls
    one De Laval steam turbine
    two Foster & Wheeler "D"-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gears
    double Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,000shp

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    Contributed By
    Elizabeth C Stanton 118k
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, born 12 November 1815 in Johnstown, N.Y., was one of the foremost leaders in the American suffragist movement and a well-known abolitionist. She authored a resolution which, when accepted by a meeting in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848, became the first organized demand in the United States by women for the ballot. She served as president of the National Woman Suffrage Association from 1865 to 1893. Mrs. Stanton died in New York, N.Y., 2 October 1902.
    Digital ID: npcc 20559 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs
    Bill Gonyo
    Elizabeth C Stanton 72k Casuals (Infantry, Quartermaster, Signal, Coast Artillery, tank destroyers) on Pier 2, before boarding USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69) for service overseas at BLOT.
    Official US Army photo produced by US Army Signal Corps, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, 9 May 1943. Photo now in the collections of the Library of Virginia. Image No. C1:2/05/007.
    The Library of Virginia, US Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection
    Elizabeth C Stanton 107k USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo.
    Edwin Nadeau S1/c USS Elizabeth C. Stanton
    Elizabeth C Stanton
    TL 110616588
    243k USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69) at anchor off Gela, Sicily during Operation Husky transferring ammunition and supplies to LCT(5)-137 for US forces ashore. Elizabeth C. Stanton completed unloading at 1525 hrs. 12 July 1943 and then supported anti-aircraft defence of the area until underway for Algiers, Algeria at 1735 hrs with Task Group 81.2.
    Ref. - USS Elizabeth C. Stanton - War Diary, 7/1-31/43. National Archives.
    Photo - TimeLife. I.D. Time_Life_image_110616588 and 116108617 by J.R. Eyerman. For personal non-commercial use only.
    David Upton
    Elizabeth C Stanton
    TL 116108617
    Elizabeth C Stanton 1363k Grave marker of S1/c Paul B. Wilson V6 USNR, crew member of USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69) at Gela, Sicily. Seaman Wilson was KIA, on 10 July 1943. This was probably the very first photo of an American grave from Operation Husky.
    US Army Signal Corps photo 180492
    Dave Kerr
    Elizabeth C Stanton 90k
    Elizabeth C Stanton 90k
    Elizabeth C Stanton 77k USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69) moored pierside while loading Army troops, date and place unknown.
    US National Archives photo.
    Edwin Nadeau S1/c USS Elizabeth C. Stanton
    Elizabeth C Stanton 65k USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69) bow view at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Edwin Nadeau S1/c USS Elizabeth C. Stanton
    Elizabeth C Stanton
    73k USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69) underway with the assistance of a harbor tug near New York Navy Yard, 23 February 1944.
    Note the following items of interest:
    1. The twin 40-mm gun mount on the raised platform forward was added between the two forward 3" guns during the ship's 1943 rearmament
    2. During her 1943 rearmament the ship lost its 4"/50 gun aft and gained two 40-mm twin mounts, one fore and one aft.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo #'s 19-N-61499, 19-N-61498 and 19-N-61500, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Elizabeth C Stanton
    Elizabeth C Stanton
    Elizabeth C Stanton 160k USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Edwin Nadeau S1/c USS Elizabeth C. Stanton
    Elizabeth C Stanton 82k USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69) at Long Beach, CA. taking on 1800 German POWS with their Army guards, for Liverpool and Le Havre, 20 January 1946.
    US Navy photo
    Edwin Nadeau S1/c USS Elizabeth C. Stanton
    Elizabeth C Stanton 90k Banner displaying USS Elizabeth C. Stanton (AP-69)'s World War II voyage record and history. Edwin Nader S1/c USS Elizabeth C. Stanton

    USS Elizabeth C Stanton (AP-69)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Dierdorff, Ross Ainsworth, USN (Ret.)17 September 1942 - 17 February 1944
    02CAPT. Wiedman, Wilbur Andrew17 February 1944 - 22 January 1945
    03CDR. Frost, Daniel Adams22 January 1945 - 3 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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