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USS Arlington (AP-174)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Tango - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Cape Johnson Class Transport:
  • Laid down as SS Fred Morris, Maritime Commission type (C1-B) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 490) at Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 10 April 1942
  • Delivered to the Lykes Brothers Steamship Co., Inc., 26 February 1943, at Los Angeles for transit to Hoboken, N.J.
  • Converted for Naval service at Lykes Brothers Steamship Co., Inc., Hoboken, N.J., 13 December 1943
  • Renamed Arlington and classified AP-174, 31 January 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the War Shipping Administration, 17 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS Arlington (AP-174), 18 April 1944. CDR. Louis G. McGlone in command
  • During World War II USS Arlington was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Arlington performed occupation duty in the Far East
  • Decommissioned, 20 March 1946, New York Navy Yard
  • Transferred to Lykes Brothers Steamship Co., 20 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 18 August 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 April 1964, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD.
    Displacement 5,668 t.(lt) 10,120t.(fl)
    Length 417' 9"
    Beam 60'
    Draft 22' 3"
    Speed 14.7 kts.
    Officers 26
    Enlisted 323
    Troop Accommodation
    Enlisted 1,396
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 900 DWT
    refrigerated 15,700 Cu ft.
    non-refrigerated 104,414 Cu ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,550 Bbls
    Diesel 410 Bbls
    one Westinghouse steam turbine
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 4,000shp

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    387k USS Arlington (AP-174) photographed by an aircraft from Naval Air Station, New York, 23 April 1944, a few days after commissioning. Unlike her sister, this ship received two Welin davits on the amidships superstructure during conversion. Her camouflage pattern is Measure 32 Design 8T.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #'s 80-G-229668 and 80-G-229662 US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert M. Cieri and
    Robert Hurst
    80-G-229662, courtesy
    Arlington 46k
    US Navy photo # NH 78544
    91k USS Arlington (AP-174) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, probably during her service as a training ship at the Pre-Commissioning Center for auxiliary ships at Treasure Island, between December 1944 and September 1945. Her color scheme is probably Measure 21 (sea blue).
    US Navy photo # NH 78544, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    US Navy photo # NH 86972
    81k USS Arlington (AP-174) probably photographed in San Francisco Bay near the end of her tour as a training ship for the Pre-Commissioning Center for auxiliary ships at Treasure Island. The single 40mm guns in tubs near the foremast, one of which is visible here, were fitted in mid-1945, and her training ship duty ended in September. Note the crew over the side on platforms, probably painting the ship.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 86972, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Arlington (AP-174)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. McGlone, Louis Gerard18 April 1944 - 17 December 1944
    02CDR. Rosseter, Patrick Maurice17 December 1944 - 20 March 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

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