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USS General G. O. Squier (AP-130)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Bravo - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

General G. O. Squier Class Transport:
  • Laid down, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 653) at Kaiser Company, Inc., Richmond No. 3 Yard, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 11 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS General G. O. Squier (AP-130), 2 October 1943, CAPT. Archibald E. Uehlinger in command
  • During World War II USS General G.O. Squier was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
  • Decommissioned, 10 July 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 18 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS General G. O. Squier earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant History
    Transferred by the Maritime Administration, 7 April 1964, to Bethlehem Steel, Corp. (Exchange Program) for conversion to a general cargo ship
    Renamed SS Pennmar, 27 May 1964
    Sold to Alpine Steamship Co., Inc., 11 August 1976, renamed SS Penn
    Sold to American Coastal and Foreign Shipping Co., Inc., 13 June 1978, renamed SS Penny
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Pakistan, 10 August 1984

    Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 26' 6" (limiting)
    Speed 16.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 32
    Enlisted 324
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 270
    Enlisted 3,595
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 70,000 Cu ft
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 1.1" gun mounts (replaced by two twin 40mm AA gun mounts)
    fifteen twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 13,300 Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gear
    three 400Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 9,000shp

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    General G O Squier 159k

    George Owen Squier was born in Dryden, Mich., 21 March 1865 and graduated from the Military Academy in 1887. After first entering the Army as an artillery officer, Squier joined the Signal Corps, rising to Major by 1903. He commanded cable-ship Burnside during the laying of the Philippine cable from 1900 to 1902. He was appointed Chief Signal Officer of the Army 14 February 1917, and was promoted to Major General 6 October. He also served as Chief of the Army Air Service 1916 to 1918. General Squier was the author of numerous articles and papers on technical subjects, and is credited with several important inventions in the fields of radio and electronics. He took part in his later life in several international conferences on communications and attended the 1921 Washington Conference on Naval Limitations for the War Department. General Squier died 24 March 1934.
    Digital ID: ggbain 05613 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
    Bill Gonyo
    General G O Squier 72k USS General G.O. Squier (AP-130) underway date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    General G O Squier 52k USS General G.O. Squier (AP-130) underway, date and location unknown. .
    General G O Squier 898k USS General G.O. Squier (AP-130) underway off the coast of California near San Francisco, date unknown. The ship going the opposite direction is the merchantman SS Fair Isle.
    US Navy photo probably taken from an airship from Lighter-than-Air Airship Squadron (ZP 31), NAS Santa Ana, CA.
    David Buell
    General G O Squier 218k USS General G.O. Squier (AP-130) at anchor, probably off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, circa October 1943 to March 1944, while debarking 40th Infantry Division troops. Note the barge alongside.
    Photos from 40th Inf Division official Photograph book,
    Steve Franklin
    General G O Squier 256k
    General G O Squier 90k USS General G.O. Squier (AP-130) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USS General G. O. Squier (AP-130)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Uehlinger, Archibald Emil2 October 1943 - 1 April 1944
    02CAPT. Threshie, Robert David1 April 1944 - 3 November 1945
    03CAPT. Fee, George Edward3 November 1945 - 10 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    General G. O. Squier Class Transport General Plans from the San Francisco Maritime Park Association
    Shipboard Newspaper "Daily Squier"
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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