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USNS Fred C. Ainsworth (T-AP-181)
USAT Fred C. Ainsworth (1943 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Victor - Uniform
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 clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

  • Laid down in 1943, as SS Pass Christian, a Maritime Commission type (C3-1N-P&C) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 166) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, 4 June 1943 to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) and simultaneously purchased from WSA by the War Department
  • Commissioned by the US Army Transportation Service as USAT Fred C. Ainsworth, date unknown
  • Title transferred to the US Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 March 1950, as USNS Fred C. Ainsworth (T-AP-181)
  • During the Korean War USNS Fred C. Ainsworth participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    22 to 25 July 1950
    18 to 19 September 50
    Inchon Landing
    16 to 17 September 1950
    Communist China Aggression
    27 to 29 November 1950
    7 to 27 December 1950

  • Placed out of service and transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 2 November 1959, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Permanent transfer to MARAD, 1 November 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1961
  • USNS Fred C. Ainsworth earned three battle stars during the Korean War
  • Sold for scrapping, 1 March 1973, to David L Hewitt (canceled due to default of buyer}
  • Resold, for non-operational use, 26 June 1973, to Inter-Ocean Grain Storage Ltd. for $112.800.00 (PD-X-960). Withdrawn for the Reserve Fleet and delivered to Inter-Ocean Grain Storage Ltd., 23 August 1973
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 12,093 gt.
    Length 489'
    Beam 69'6"
    Draft 27'4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Troop Accommodations 1,976
    USAT - one 5" gun, four 3" guns plus 20mm gun mounts
    USNS - none
    steam turbine
    single propeller

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    USAT Fred C. Ainsworth
    Fred C. Ainsworth 31k

    Frederick Crayton Ainsworth (1852-1934) was a surgeon in the United States Army who eventually rose to the position of Adjutant General. A gifted administrator, Ainsworth revolutionized government record-keeping methods following his initial appointment in 1886 to the Record and Pensions Division of the War Department, making them vastly more efficient. Ainsworth's talents were quickly recognized, and he was given administrative responsibility over more and more government departments, thus accumulating considerable power and eventually becoming the dominant figure in the Department of War. In the later stages of his career, Ainsworth, once a great innovator, became resistant to further reform proposed by the civilian leadership and was eventually forced from office in 1912 with the threat of court-martial for insubordination. Even after retirement however, he continued to exercise considerable influence through his political connections in Washington. Text: Wikipedia
    Photo: U.S. Army Medical Department
    Bill Gonyo
    Fred C. Ainsworth
    59k Aerial port side view of USAT Fred C. Ainsworth at anchor in Australian waters, 21 August 1943.
    Australian War Memorial
    John Spivey
    Fred C. Ainsworth
    103k 1 Personnel Staging Camp troops loading engineers stores aboard USAT Fred C. Ainsworth at Mercantile Wharf, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 1945.
    Australian War Memorial
    John Spivey
    Fred C. Ainsworth 109k USAT Fred C. Ainsworth underway, 20 April 1949, place unknown.
    US Navy photo NH 97211.
    Photo by Sgt. W.H. Innes, Fort Lawton, WA. Official US Army Photograph, from the MSC collection at the Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fred C. Ainsworth 83k USAT Fred C. Ainsworth arriving at Pier #2, Yokohama, Japan, with approximately 300 wives and families of members of the U.S. Occupation Forces, 2 August 1946. US Navy photo # NH 97216, an official US Army photo, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USNS Fred C. Ainsworth (T-AP-181)
    Fred C. Ainsworth 79k USNS Fred C. Ainsworth (T-AP-181) off San Francisco, CA., 11 August 1955.
    US Navy photo NH 97208 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fred C Ainsworth 106k USNS Fred C. Ainsworth (T-AP-181) underway, circa 1950s, location unknown. 1955..
    US Navy photo NH 97209, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fred C Ainsworth 96k USNS Fred C. Ainsworth (T-AP-181) off San Francisco, CA., with tugs alongside, 19 February 1959.
    US Navy photo NH 97210, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fred C Ainsworth 130k USNS Fred C. Ainsworth (T-AP-181) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Fred C Ainsworth 191k USNS Fred C. Ainsworth (T-AP-181) Passenger Dinner Menu for Monday 21 August 1950. Carl R Friberg

    USNS Fred C Ainsworth (T-AP-181)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USAT Fred C. Ainsworth at Yokohama
    (A 2 min 25 sec B&W film [no audio] by Capt. R. Pruette Watson, US Army. Submitted by his niece Denise Tapp. (The film was made by Capt. Watson, who stationed at Camp Drake in Tokyo. Apparently, he and his wife were there to say goodbye to friends who were returning to the states, circa fall 1948.)

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