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USNS Private Joe P. Martinez (T-AP-187)
USAT Private Joe P. Martinez (1947 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Yankee - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Boulder Victory Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 13 April 1945, as SS Stevens Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 825) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 29 May 1945
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 25 June 1945, for conversion to a troop ship at Todd Shipyard, Hoboken, N.J., 29 June through 21 September 1945; thence to Grace Lines, Inc.
  • Transferred to the US Army Transportation Corps, 5 September 1946
  • Commissioned USAT Private Joe P. Martinez, 3 October 1947
  • Transferred to the Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Placed in service with Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Private Joe P. Martinez (T-AP-187)
  • During the Korean War USNS Private Joe P. Martinez participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    1 to 2 June 1951
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    21 to 22 July 1951
    3 to 4 September 1951
    23 to -24 October 1951
  • Placed out of service and laid up 1 September 1952 at Olympia, WA.
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 30 September 1952, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Struck from the Naval Register, 6 November 1952.
  • USNS Private Joe P. Martinez earned two battle stars for Korean service
  • Final Disposition, sold 7 November 1971 to West Waterway Lumber Co. Seattle, WA., for non-transportation use (PD-X-917 dated 3 September 1971) for $45,512.00, withdrawn 7 November 1971
    Displacement 4,420 t.(lt) 15,199 t.(fl)
    Length 455' 3"
    Beam 62' 1"
    Draft 29' 2" (max)
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 96
    Troop Accommodations 1,259
    Armament none
    Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp.

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    USAT Pvt. Joe P. Martinez
    PVT Joe P. Martinez 36k
    Private Joe P. Martinez, born in Taos, New Mexico and having enlisted in the U.S. Army at Ault, Colorado, was an automatic rifleman in Company K of the 32nd Infantry. With his Company stalled by entrenched enemy soldiers, Martinez stood up and walked into the enemy's fire, and slaughtered five Japanese soldiers with grenades and his BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle). He reached the crest of the ridge before he collapsed with a mortal wound he had taken fifty yards down the hill. The U. S. Northern Force followed him up the hill and took the northwestern razorback of the Fish Hook that Martinez had cleared. It was too late for Martinez to revel in their victory. Joseph P. Martinez's posthumous reward was Attu's only Medal of Honor, and was awarded on 27 October, 1943.

    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. Over a period of several days, repeated efforts to drive the enemy from a key defensive position high in the snow-covered precipitous mountains between East Arm Holtz Bay and Chichagof Harbor had failed. On 26 May 1943, troop dispositions were readjusted and a trial coordinated attack on this position by a reinforced battalion was launched. Initially successful, the attack hesitated. In the face of severe hostile machine gun, rifle, and mortar fire, Pvt. Martinez, an automatic rifleman, rose to his feet and resumed his advance. Occasionally he stopped to urge his comrades on. His example inspired others to follow. After a most difficult climb, Pvt. Martinez eliminated resistance from part of the enemy position by BAR fire and hand grenades, thus assisting the advance of other attacking elements. This success only partially completed the action. The main Holtz-Chichagof Pass rose about 150 feet higher, flanked by steep rocky ridges and reached by a snow-filled defile. Passage was barred by enemy fire from either flank and from tiers of snow trenches in front. Despite these obstacles, and knowing of their existence, Pvt. Martinez again led the troops on and up, personally silencing several trenches with BAR fire and ultimately reaching the pass itself. Here, just below the knifelike rim of the pass, Pvt. Martinez encountered a final enemy-occupied trench and as he was engaged in firing into it he was mortally wounded. The pass, however, was taken, and its capture was an important preliminary to the end of organized hostile resistance on the island.
    Photo from the book "World War II Medal Recipients".
    Bill Gonyo
    PVT Joe P. Martinez 197k USAT Private Joe P. Martinez under way, date unknown and location unknown.
    © World Ship Society
    Gerhard Mueller Debus
    USNS Pvt. Joe P. Martinez (T-AP-187)
    PVT Joe P. Martinez 104k USNS Private Joe P. Martinez (T-AP-187) arriving in Seattle, WA., 27 Dec 1951 with Korean War veterans. Joel Fogelson
    PVT Joe P. Martinez 234k USNS Private Joe P. Martinez (T-AP-187) at Vancouver, B.C., date unknown.
    © World Ship Society
    Gerhard Mueller Debus
    PVT Joe P. Martinez 146k USNS Private Joe P. Martinez (T-AP-187) and USNS Sgt. Sylvester Antolak (T-AP-192), two "Victory" ships laid up in the the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Olympia, WA. being prepared to for towing to to the scrappers yard.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 89321
    Mike Green
    Sargent Sylvester Antolak 87k Ex-USNS Sgt. Sylvester Antolak (T-AP-192) and ex-USNS Private Joe P. Martinez (T-AP-187) in the last stages of being scrapped at West Waterway Lumber Co., Seattle, WA., 19 September 1974. Both have lost their propellers and the Martinez has been cut down below the main deck level, Photos taken from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner, courtesy L.Cote. Robert Hurst

    USNS Private Joe P. Martinez (T-AP-187)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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