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USNS Sgt. Howard E. Woodford (T-AP-191)
USAT Sgt. Howard E. Woodford (1945 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Zulu - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (5) - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

Boulder Victory Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 18 April 1945, as SS Goucher Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 286), at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 2 June 1945
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 30 June 1945
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Service in the summer of 1945
  • Commissioned USAT Sgt. Howard E. Woodford, date unknown
  • Declared excess of military requirements by the Army Ocean Transport Service, 7 September 1949
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Transferred to the US Navy's Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949
  • Placed in service as USNS Sgt. Howard E. Woodford (T-AP-191), 22 July 1950
  • During the Korean War USNS Sgt. Howard E. Woodford (T-AP-191) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    4 April 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    5 December 1951
    7 to 8 February 1952
    24 to 25 March 1952
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    4 to 5 June 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    10 to 11 May 1952
    14 May 1952
    3 to 4 July 1952
    24 to 26 August 1952
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    5 to 6 September 1951
    18 to 19 October 1951

  • Placed out of service, and struck from the Naval Register, 4 December 1952
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 March 1972, to Tai Kien Industry Co., Ltd.
  • USNS Sgt. Howard E. Woodford received five battle stars for Korean War service
    Displacement 6,550 t.(lt)
    Length 455' 3"
    Beam 62'
    Draft 28' 6"
    Speed 15.5kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp.

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    Sgt Howard E. Woodford 24k

    Howard E. Woodford was born in Barberton, Ohio, and entered service there. On 6 June 1945, near Tabio, Luzon, Philippines, Staff Sergeant Woodford, a battalion intelligence sergeant with the 130th Infantry, volunteered to investigate the delay in a scheduled attack by an attached guerilla battalion. The lead company in combat for the first time, was immobilized by intense enemy mortar, machine gun, and rifle fire which had caused casualties to key personnel. Sergeant Woodford recognizing the situation, took command of the company; evacuated the wounded; reorganized the unit under fire; and prepared to attack. He repeatedly exposed himself to Japanese fire to reveal enemy positions. Guiding the guerrillas up a barren hill and capturing the objective, Sergeant Woodford personally accounted for two hostile machine gunners. After organizing a perimeter defense for the night, Sergeant Woodford declined to return to his battalion.
    Before dawn on 7 June, the enemy launched a fierce suicide attack. Though wounded by a grenade, Sergeant Woodford remained at his post calling for mortar support until bullets knocked out his radio. Then, seizing a rifle, he began working his way around the perimeter, encouraging the men until he reached a weak spot where two guerrillas had been killed. Filling the gap himself, he fought off the enemy. At daybreak, he was found dead in his foxhole; but 37 enemy dead were found in and around his position. By his daring and determination to search out and kill the enemy, Sergeant Woodford led an inexperienced unit in capturing and holding a vital objective and was responsible for the successful continuance of a vitally important general advance. For his actions, Sergeant Woodford was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
    U.S. Army Photo
    Bill Gonyo
    Sgt Howard E. Woodford 101k USNS Sgt. Howard E. Woodford (T-AP-191) underway, returning troops to the United States from Korea, date and place unknown. Ron Lutes

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