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USNS General Stuart Heintzelman (T-AP-159)
USAT General Stuart Heintzelman (1946 - 1950)
USS General Stuart Heintzelman (AP-159) (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Papa - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia and Europe clasps) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal - 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 716) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Inc., Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 21 April 1945
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission by the US Navy, and commissioned, USS General Stuart Heintzelman (AP-159), 12 September 1945, CDR. Mathias S. Clark USNR in command
  • Following World War II and the Korean War USS / USNS General Stuart Heintzelman was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East and Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    Asia - 20 to 28 October 1945
    Asia - 26 to 30 November 1945
    Asia - 20 January to 9 February 1946
    Europe - 29 January to 31 March 1954

  • Decommissioned, 12 June 1946, at Hoboken, N.J.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, for transfer to the Army Transportation Service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 10 July 1946
  • Delivered to the US Army and commissioned, USAT General Stuart Heintzelman, 20 August 1946
  • Reacquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950, reinstated in the Naval Register and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
  • Placed in service as USNS General Stuart Heintzelman (T-AP-159)
  • Placed out of service, 24 June 1954
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 7 March 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1960
  • Merchant Service
    Transferred to Sea Land Inc. (MARAD Exchange Program), 11 April 1968, renamed SS Mobile, converted to a Containership
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 June 1984, to Han Sung Salvage Co. Korea

    Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    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 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 13,300 Bbls
    one Westinghouse turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type 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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    Gen Stuart Heintzelman 151k

    Stuart Heintzelman, born in New York, N.Y., 19 November 1876, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1899. He served with the 6th Cavalry in China during the Boxer Rebellion and in the Philippines during the insurrection. Subsequently stationed in South Dakota, the Philippines, and at Princeton University, during World War I he served with the A.E.F. in France and Italy. He participated in the French Chemin des Dames Offensive in French operations in Italy, and as Chief of Staff, 2d Army Zone. After the war, General Heintzelman was on duty at Washington, D.C., Illinois, Hawaii, New York, and Kansas until his death at Hot Springs, Ark., 6 July 1935. For his services during World War I, General Heintzelman was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the French Legion of Honor, and Croix de Guerre with Palm, and the Order of the Crown of Italy (Commendatore).
    Photo: Unites States Military Academy
    Bill Gonyo
    USS Stuart Heintzelman (AP-159)
    General Stuart Heintzelman 81k USS General Stuart Heintzelman ( AP-159) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec
    USNS Stuart Heintzelman (T-AP-159)
    LSM-397 89k USS LSM-397 alongside USNS General Stuart Heintzelman (T- AP-159), North Star Bay, Greenland. Note: the specially constructed ramp for transfer of contractor personnel between ships, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    General Stuart Heintzelman 52k USNS General Stuart Heintzelman (T- AP-159) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy MSTS postcard image
    Tommy Trampp
    Merchant Service USA Sea-Land Services Inc.
    General Stuart Heintzelman 362k Ex-USNS General Stuart Heintzelman (T- AP-159) in merchant service as the Sea Land Inc. containership SS Mobile on the River Weser in March 1969 as she was departing Bremen, Germany. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    General Stuart Heintzelman 282k SS Mobile in the port of Manila, September 1979, when she was serving Far Eastern ports. For that purpose, she had her bridge raised and fitted two movable container cranes on the main deck. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS / USNS General Stuart Heintzelman (AP-159 / T-AP-159)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Clark, Mathias Stanley, USNR12 September 1945 - 12 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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