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USNS General C.C. Ballou (T-AP-157)
USAT General C.C. Ballou (1946 - 1950)
USS General C.C. Ballou (AP-157) (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - November - Lima
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 (5) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

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 714) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Inc., Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 7 March 1945
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission by the US Navy, 20 May 1945
  • Commissioned, USS General C. C. Ballou (AP-157), 30 June 1945, CDR. Malcolm D. MacGregor in command
  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1946, at Hoboken, N.J. and delivered to the Maritime Commission, for transfer to the Army Transportation Service
  • Commissioned, USAT General C. C. Ballou
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Reacquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950 and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
  • Placed in service as USNS General C. C. Ballou (T-AP-157)
  • During the Korean War USNS General C. C. Ballou (T-AP-157) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    6 to 18 March 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    16 December 1952
    31 January to 1 February 1953
    24 to 25 March 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    8 September 1951
    17 to 18 September 1951
    25 to 26 September 1951
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    9 May 1953
    21 to 23 June 1953
    28 June 1953
    4 to 5 July 1953
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    18 to 19 October 1952

  • Placed out of service in September 1954
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USNS General C. C. Ballou earned five battle stars for Korean war service
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 4 November 1959, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Merchant Service
    Transferred (Exchange Program) for commercial service, 20 April1968 to Sea-Land Service Lines, converted to a container ship, renamed SS Brooklyn
    Sold to Puerto Rico Maritime Shipping Authority, 30 September 1974
    Renamed SS Humacao, 19 February 1975
    Sold to a Liberian Corp., 2 June 1981, renamed SS Eastern Light, reflagged Panamanian
    Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown

    Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 16.5kts.
    officers 32
    enlisted 324
    Troop Accommodations
    officers 228
    enlisted 3,595
    Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 70,000 Cu. ft.
    four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 1.1" gun mounts (replaced by two twin 40mm AA gun mounts)
    sixteen single 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 C. C. Ballou (AP-157)
    Gen. C.C. Ballou 78k

    Charles Clarendon Ballou was born 13 June 1862 at Orange, N.Y., and graduated from the Military Academy in 1886. Entering the Infantry, Ballou served at various posts in the United States until the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, when he was commissioned Major in the 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He fought in the Philippines during the ensuing insurrection and was awarded the Silver Star. Following Quartermaster duty in the United States after the war, and another assignment in the Philippines, Ballou commanded the 92d Division in France during World War I. His postwar service included regimental command at Fort George Wright, Wash., 1920-23. Major General Ballou died 23 July 1928 at Spokane, Wash.
    Photo from the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University
    Bill Gonyo
    Gen. C.C. Ballou 41k USS General C. C. Ballou (AP-157) at anchor, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    USAT General C. C. Ballou
    Gen. C.C. Ballou 81k USAT General C. C. Ballou arriving at Bayonne, N.J in 1947 with returning G.I.s and dependents. Danny Ogle
    Gen. C.C. Ballou 77k USAT General C. C. Ballou arriving at Bayonne, N.J in 1947 with returning G.I.s and dependents. Danny Ogle
    Gen. C.C. Ballou 117k USAT General C. C. Ballou arriving at Bayonne, N.J in 1947 with returning G.I.s and dependents. Danny Ogle
    Gen. C.C. Ballou 64k USAT General C. C. Ballou underway off Bremerhaven, Germany, date unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Gen. C.C. Ballou 103k USAT General C. C. Ballou underway, circa 1949, after receiving a safety at sea conversion, in which her lifeboat capacity was increased and a goalpost mast was added aft of the bridge to increase her cargo handling capacity.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Gen. C.C. Ballou
    243k USAT General C. C. Ballou arriving at acoma Washington, February 1948. Joe Wehberg
    USNS General C. C. Ballou (T-AP-157)
    Gen. C.C. Ballou 105k Post card image of USNS General C. C. Ballou (T-AP-157) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Merchant Service Sealand Corp.
    Gen. C.C. Ballou 143k Ex-USNS General C. C. Ballou (T-AP-157) in merchant service as the Sea-Land Service Lines SS Brooklyn under way on the Weser River while en route to Bremen, Germany in March 1969. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Gen. C.C. Ballou 52k SS Brooklyn on the Weser River as she approached Bremen, Germany in October 1969. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USAT General C. C. Ballou Memorabilia
    Contributed by Henry (Dom) Dominik
    General C. C. Ballou
    Cover page for ships Newspaper "Ballyhoo", 15 June 1949
    General C. C. Ballou
    Ships History as US Army Transport

    USS / USNS General C. C. Ballou (AP-157 / T-AP-157)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. MacGregor, Malcolm Douglass30 June 1945 - 17 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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