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USNS General A. W. Brewster (T-AP-155)
USAT General A. W. Brewster (1946 - 1950)
USS General A. W. Brewster (AP-155) (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Papa - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS General A. W. Brewster (AP-155) was manned by the US Coast Guard during WWII
General G. O. Squier Class Transport
  • Laid down, 16 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 713) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Inc., Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 21 January 1945
  • Commissioned, USS General A. W. Brewster (AP-155), 23 April 1945, CDR. Edward E. Hahn Jr. USCG in command
  • Decommissioned, 10 April 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register and delivered to the Maritime Commission, 15 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Army Transportation Service, 30 April 1946, and commissioned, USAT General A. W. Brewster
  • Reacquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950, assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
  • Placed in service as USNS General A. W. Brewster (T-AP-155)
  • During the Korean War General A. W. Brewster participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    14 May 1951
    9 to 10 May 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    14 to 15 December 1952
    3 to 4 February 1953
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    21 to 24 June 1952
    30 June 1952
    2 to 3 September 1952
    27 to 28 October 1952
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    11 to 14 May 1953
    1 July 1953

  • Placed in reduced operational status, December 1954
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 26 July 1955, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USNS General A. W. Brewster earned four battle stars for Korean War service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for commercial service in 1968, renamed SS Philadelphia. converted to a container ship
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1988 to Taiwan breakers
    Displacement 9,950 t(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 34
    Enlisted 391
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 229
    Enlisted 3,114
    Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 70,000 cu. ft.
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 1.1" SS 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 boilers 465psi 765°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 400Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 9,000shp

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    USS General A. W. Brewster (AP-155)
    General A W Brewster 81k

    Andre Walker Brewster, born 9 December 1862 at Hoboken, N.J., was commissioned 2d Lieutenant of Infantry in January 1885. He served at various posts in the western states until the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. During the Cuban campaign Brewster took part in the siege of Santiago with the 9th Infantry. Later he served with the 9th Regiment in the Battle of Tienstin, and other engagements in China during the Boxer Rebellion. Brewster was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during the Battle of Tientsin 13 July 1900; and, after relative peace had been restored, he served as military attaché at Peking. Returning to the United States, Brewster was Inspector General until 1917 when he was assigned to Headquarters, American Expeditionary Force. Following his service in World War I, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal, he assumed command of the 1st Corps Area, with headquarters in Boston, where he remained until his retirement 9 December 1925. Major General Brewster died at Boston 27 March 1942.
    Photo from the Home of Heroes
    Bill Gonyo
    General A W Brewster 424k USS General A. W. Brewster (AP-155) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    USAT General A. W. Brewster
    General A W Brewster
    312k USAT General A. W. Brewster arrives at Manila, P.I. with dependents of American military personnel, 22 August 1946.
    US National Archives 111-SCA-Album 2925-013, US Army Signal Corps photo SC 253222
    Vincent M. Solinap
    General A W Brewster 82k USAT General A. W. Brewster arriving at the US Army San Francisco Port of Embarkation, Fort Masion, from Manila, Philippines, 5 September 1946. Tommy Trampp
    General A W Brewster 117k
    General A W Brewster
    354k Photo taken from Golden Gate Bridge of USAT General A. W. Brewster entering San Francisco Bay, 2 June 1947.
    U.S. Navy photo now in the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, Vallejo, CAl.
    Darryl Baker
    General A W Brewster
    110k Post card image of USAT General A. W. Brewster underway, date and location unknown.
    Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 105088, donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.
    Robert Hurst
    USNS General A. W. Brewster (T-AP-155)
    General A W Brewster 79k USNS General A. W. Brewster (T-AP-155) underway, date and location unknown. Like many of her sisters, General A. W. Brewster received her safety at sea conversion from the Army before her transfer to the Navy. In the ships like her that received a cargo handling kingpost amidships during this conversion, two nearby galley stacks were extended up the sides of the kingpost, giving the structure a complex appearance.
    US Navy photo courtesy
    Mike Green
    General A W Brewster 71k USNS General A. W. Brewster (T-AP-155) depicted on a bi-fold postcard purchased at the ships store, by Gordon Piburn's father when he was a US Army Private being deployed to Korea with his unit, circa 1952. Gordon Piburn
    Merchant Service Sea-Land Corp.
    General A W Brewster 101k Ex-USS General A. W. Brewster (AP-155) as Sea-Land Service's SS Philadelphia, arriving in San Francisco, CA, in September 1978. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS / USAT / USNS General A. W. Brewster (AP-155 / T-AP-155)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Hahn Jr., Edward Everett, USCG23 April 1945 - 10 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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