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USNS Barrett (T-AP-196)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Foxtrot - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Second Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (11)
Third Row - United Nations Service Medal - Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Barrett Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 1 June 1949, as SS President Jackson, a Maritime Commission type (P2-S1-DN3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC Hull 2914) at New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 27 June 1950
  • Acquired by the US Navy and placed in service, 21 March 1952, by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Barrett (T-AP-196)
  • During the Korean War USNS Barrett participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    22 June to 9 July 1952
    21 July to 23 August 1952
    15 to 17 September 1952

  • During the Vietnam War USNS Barrett (T-AP-196) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    23 to 27 April 1968
    26 to 29 June 1968
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 to 25 February 1969
    16 to 20 March 1969
    7 to 11 April 1969
    29 April to 3 May 1969
    21 to 25 May 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    20 November to 3 December 1968
    13 to 18 December 1968
    6 to 10 January 1969
    28 January to 2 February 1969
    20 to 22 February 1969

  • Placed out of service in 1973
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • USNS Barrett earned one battle star for Korean War service and three campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Delivered by the Maritime Commission, for conversion to a training ship for the State University of New York Maritime College, at Fort Schuyler, N.Y.
  • Renamed TS Empire State V
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration in 1990 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, scrapping contract awarded to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., 13 June 2007 for $851,194
    Displacement 11,255 t.(lt)
    Length 533' 9"
    Beam 73' 3"
    Draft 27' 1"
    Speed 19 kts.
    Complement 219
    Troop Accommodations 2,000
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft, 13,750hp

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    Major General Charles Dodson Barrett, the first Commanding General of the 3d Marine Division, was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal posthumously in recognition of his outstanding service during World War II. He was killed accidentally while on duty in the South Pacific, 8 October 1943. General Barrett was born 16 August 1885, at Henderson, Kentucky. He graduated from high school in Alexandria, Virginia, and was commissioned a Marine second lieutenant on 11 August 1909. He was assigned duty at the Marine Officers School, Port Royal, South Carolina, the following month. In January 1911, he began a few months duty at the Marine Barracks, Boston, Massachusetts, and was detached on 23 May to report to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, to command the Marine detachment aboard the USS Indiana. On 3 September of that year he transferred to the USS New Jersey. The general landed with the detachment of the USS New Jersey at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on 22 April 1914, and participated in the capture of that city. He was detached from that ship 13 December to the Marine Barracks, Norfolk, Virginia. His World War I duty included detached service with the U.S. Army in France from 25 September 1918. He participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of November 1-3, of that year, and in the spring of 1919 was in command of the 2d Battalion, 367th Infantry at LeMans, France. Detached in April, he reported to the Commanding General, 4th Brigade, Marines, at Nieder Bieber, Germany, and was detailed as Adjutant from 11 April. He arrived back in the United States 3 August 1919.
    From 1921-1922, General Barrett served in Santo Domingo and from 1924-27 was a member of the American Battle Monuments Commission, Washington, D.C. He then returned to France to study at the Ecole de Guerre in Paris, and from 1929-33 served as an instructor at the Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia. During the next two years, he was assigned to the Division of Operations and Training, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, and from 1935-36 served aboard ship as Division Marine Officer of Battleship Division 4, U.S. Battle Force. Upon completion of sea duty with the Battle Force, the general spent two and one-half years in the War Plans Section, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.; and from August 1939 to June 1940, commanded the 5th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force. He returned to Headquarters, Washington, in July 1940, serving first as Director of the Division of Plans and Policies. Later, he served as Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lieutenant General Thomas Holcomb, from November 1941 to March 1942. In March 1942, General Barrett assumed command of the 3d Marine Brigade, and the following month embarked with the Brigade for Samoa, where he welded his command into a fighting unit. He was ordered to the United States in September 1942 to assume command of the 3d Marine Division, then being organized at Camp Elliott, San Diego, California, and was promoted to major general on assuming this command. Early in 1943, he embarked with elements of the 3d Marine Division for Auckland, New Zealand. By August 1943, he had all the major units of his division stationed on Guadalcanal, training intensively for the Bougainville operation. On 15 September 1943, General Barrett relinquished command of the 3d Marine Division and assumed duties as Commanding General of the First Marine Amphibious Corps, with headquarters on Noumea, New Caledonia. In this capacity, he continued with the planning for the assault on Bougainville until his death three weeks later. Accidentally injured following a cerebral hemorrhage, he died 8 October 1943 at the base hospital and was buried in the American cemetery there. Following the war, he was reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery.
    Biography and Image from the USMC History Division
    Bill Gonyo
    Barrett 940k USNS Barrett (T-AP-196) originally designed for the American President lines and was launched 27 June 27, 1950 as the SS President Jackson. With the outbreak of the Korean conflict, this modern designed passenger liner was designated for service with the Military Sea Transportation Service. Probably the most outstanding popular feature of Barrett is her complete air-conditioning. Facilities include a barber shop, diet kitchen, soda fountain, laundry, library, lounges, sick bay, operating room, x-ray room, bacteriological laboratories, a nursery and formula preparation room for dependent children. Storage spaces for ship’s supplies, food, fuel, and equipment permit the ship a cruising range of over 10,000 miles.
    US Navy photo #330-PS-2814
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Barrett 74k USNS Barrett (T-AP-196) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    Barrett 95k USNS Barrett (T-AP-196) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Barrett 42k USNS Barrett (T-AP-196) underway, circa 1953, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    240k USNS Barrett (T-AP-196) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge while inbound to San Francisco Bay, date unknown.
    US Navy MSTS photo
    Nicholas Tiberio
    246k USNS Barrett (T-AP-196) underway in San Francisco Bay, date unknown.
    US Navy MSTS photos
    Nicholas Tiberio
    Barrett 578k Under the watchful eye of a US Navy boatswain's mate, this contingent of US Army troops boards USNS Barrett (T-AP-196) at Naval Supply Center, Oakland, CA., 25 October 1965.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # L45-20.05.01.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Barrett 73k USNS Barrett (T-AP-196) departs Tacoma, WA., 8 June 1968, carrying US troops to Vietnam. This voyage was the last scheduled military sealift of passengers from the continental United States.
    US Navy MSC photo.
    Robert Hurst
    TS Empire State V
    Barrett 47k Ex-USNS Barrett (T-AP-196) as TS Empire State V off Fort Schuyler, NY in front of the Throgs Neck Bridge, circa 1973 to 1990. During that time she served as school ship for SUNY Maritime College Christopher Wm Fogarty Class of 1979 SUNY Maritime College
    162k TS Empire State V lying at anchor in the Firth of Forth with a pilot on board, presumably about to weigh and proceed to a berth at nearby Leith, the port of Edinburgh, Scotland, circa June 1987. Photo by Chris Woods
    Barrett 54k Ex-TS Empire State V makes her last voyage while under tow in Hampton Roads as she is moved from the James River Reserve Fleet anchorage to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA, for scrapping, 18 July 2007 Photo by Mabel Clark

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