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USAT General Omar Bundy
USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152) (1945 - 1946)

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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

General G. O. Squier Class Transport
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 704) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Inc., Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 5 August 1944
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission by the Navy and commissioned, USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152), 6 January 1945, CAPT. Lawrence Wainwright, USN (Retired), in command
  • During World War II USS General Omar Bundy transported passengers in the Asiatic- Pacific and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters of Operation
  • Decommissioned, 14 June 1946, at US Army Depot Hoboken, N.J. and transferred to the Army Transportation Service
  • Commissioned, USAT General Omar Bundy, 30 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 December 1949, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA., declared surplus
    Merchant Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission to Bethlehem Steel Corp. 10 April 1964, for conversion to a general cargo vessel, renamed SS Portmar
    SS Polmar was sold to Ashley Steamship Co., Inc., 10 August 1976, renamed SS Port
    SS Port was sold to Hamilton Eugenia Corp, 11 May 1979, renamed SS Poet
  • Final Disposition, missing, presumed sunk in 1980
    Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts (design)
    Officers 39
    Enlisted 324
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 228
    Enlisted 3,595
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 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 Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 400Kw 240V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 9,000 shp

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    Omar Bundy, born 17 June 1861 at New Castle, Ind., graduated from the Military Academy in 1883 and served on the American frontier, participating in campaigns against Crow and Sioux Indians. During the Spanish-American War he fought with the 5th Army Corps in Cuba and received the Silver Star for gallantry at El Caney. From 1899 to 1902 he served in the Philippines during the insurrection and subsequently, after teaching law at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., fought the Moros in the Philippines in 1905-06. General Bundy served within the continental United States until 1917 when he assumed command of the 1st Brigade, 1st Expeditionary Division, and sailed for France in June 1917. As a division and corps commander during World War I he participated in the occupation of the Toulon Rupt, and Troyon Sectors and served in the Aisne-Marne Operations and in the occupations of the Chateau-Thierry and Pas Fini Sectors. Following the war he commanded Camp Lee, Va., the VII Corps Area, the Philippine Division, and the V Corps Area. For his services in World War I, General Bundy was awarded the French Legion of Honor, Commander, and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm. He died in Washington, D.C., 20 January 1940.
    Bill Gonyo
    General Omar Bundy 209k USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    General Omar Bundy 50k USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152) arriving/departing from a port, date and location unknown.  
    General Omar Bundy 104k WAVES officers pose on the navigation bridge with the USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152)'s Commanding Officer, CAPT. Lawrence Wainwright, USN (Retired), 25 June 1945. They are en route to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-330769, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Ramon Jackson
    General Omar Bundy 72k A WAVE Ensign times the sights for USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152)'s Navigating Officer, as he "shoots" the sun with his sextant, 25 June 1945. She is a passenger on the ship, en-route to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is making her first voyage on a Naval vessel.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-330773, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Ramon Jackson
    General Omar Bundy 107k USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152) at rest, circa 1945, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    General Omar Bundy 59k Troop Meal Ticket issued by USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152) to PFC Russell K. Bass Susan Purdue
    General Omar Bundy 591k schematics of USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152) US Department of Transportation. Susan Purdue
    USAT General Omar Bundy
    General Omar Bundy 258k USAT General Omar Bundy moored pierside, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service Calmar Steamship Co.
    General Omar Bundy 58k Ex- USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152) in merchant service as the general cargo ship SS Portmar under way in Gatun Lake in March 1976. Image © Chris Howell. Robert Hurst
    General Omar Bundy 21k Ex- USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152) in merchant service as the general cargo ship SS Poet, moored pierside, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    General Omar Bundy 198k Plaque presented at the Seafarer's International Union Hall, Mobile, AL., 24 October 2010, dedicated to the 34 crew members of SS Poet lost at sea 30 October 1980. Ron Reeves

    USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Wainwright, Lawrence USN (Ret)6 January 1945 - 8 September 1945
    02CAPT. Simpson, John Hammond8 September 1945 - 14 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Baltimore Sun -"The 1980 disappearance of SS Poet"
    Seafarers International Union - "SS Poet Mariners Memorialized on 30th Anniversary of Tragedy"

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