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USNS Upshur (T-AP-198)

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

National Defense Service Medal (2)

Barrett Class Transport:
  • Laid down as SS President Hayes, a Maritime Commission type (P2-S1-DN3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2916), 1 September 1949, for American President Lines at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 1 January 1951
  • Reassigned to the US Navy and renamed Upshur, while under conversion
  • Acquired by the Navy, 1 December 1952; and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Upshur (T-AP-198), the same day
  • Placed out of service, 2 April 1973, title passed to MARAD
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 2 April 1973, and loaned to Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME. the same day
  • Renamed TS State of Maine
  • Returned to MARAD in 1990 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Assigned to the US Coast Guard as a testing platform for the US Coast Guard Fire & Safety Test Detachment, Mobile, AL.
    Displacement 11,203 t.(lt)
    Length 533' 9"
    Beam 73' 3"
    Draft 27' 1"
    Speed 19 kts.
    Complement 216
    Troop/Dependent Capacity 2,500
    Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft, 13,750hp

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    William Peterkin Upshur—born on 28 October 1881 in Richmond, Va.—graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and received a commission as second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on 1 February 1904. Over the ensuing three and one-half decades, Upshur rose in rank and eventually became a major general on 1 October 1939. After tours of sea duty in the Marine detachments of Maine (Battleship No. 10) and Kearsarge (Battleship No, 5), Upshur successively served ashore at Panama; the Marine Barracks at Norfolk, Va.; Port Royal, S.C.; and Mare Island, Calif., before being ordered to the transport Buffalo. Assignments with Marine detachments in the Philippine Islands and in China preceded his return home for duty at the Marine Barracks in Philadelphia, Pa. During his next tour of duty—in Haiti—Upshur won the Medal of Honor. While his detachment of mounted marines forded a river in a deep ravine, they came under the fire of some 400 Haitian Caco bandits from an ambush. Leading his men forward through the heavy fusillade, Upshur succeeded in establishing a defensive position which protected his command for the night. At daybreak on the following day, 24 October 1915, Upshur led a fierce counterattack which caught the Cacos unawares and routed them. This action materially aided the marines in their eventual capture of the Haitian stronghold, Fort Dipitie.
    Following his return to the continental United States, Upshur performed shore duty at Philadelphia; Annapolis, Md.; and Quantico, Va., before sailing for France in World War I. Following the war, he served in shore billets in repeat tours at Philadelphia, Quantico, and Haiti, before attending the Army Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1924 and 1925. Serving in California (BB-44) on the staff of the Commander, Battle Force, United States Fleet, in 1929. Upshur attended the Naval War College in 1931; and served briefly at Headquarters, Marine Corps, in Washington, D.C., before attending the Army War College. In the late 1930's Upshur again served ashore at Headquarters, Marine Corps; and later commanded the Marine Corps Base at San Diego. Upshur's last post was that of Commander, Headquarters of the Department of the Pacific, at San Diego—a billet which he filled on 9 December 1941. Major General Upshur subsequently died as a result of injuries suffered in a plane crash near Sitka, Alaska, on 21 July 1943.
    Photo from the USMC History Division.
    Bill Gonyo
    Upshur 42k USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Upshur 51k USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo by R.E. Waugh PH-2 USN.
    Upshur 802k USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) underway in the Savannah River, west of the old Talmadge Memorial Bridge, heading east outbound for sea. She appears to have Marines aboard.
    Photos by L. R. Case, Jr.
    C. E. Case
    Upshur 931k
    Upshur 1015k
    Upshur 957k
    Upshur 1213k
    Upshur 781k
    Upshur 62k Commanding General American Land Forces, Major General Paul D. Adams USA and Col. Adam W. Meetze USA, Commanding Officer Army Supply and Service troops, ATF 201 meet the USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) as she docks in Lebanon in 1958.
    US Army Photo
    Bill Gonyo
    Upshur 75k USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) departing Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with dependents being evacuated from the base, 22 October 1962. Photo by either Janet or Harvey Glasspoole, provided courtesy Frances (Glasspoole) Matlock in honor of her father Harvey K. Glasspoole, ADRC USN, Ret. (deceased)
    Upshur 91k USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) departing Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with dependents being evacuated from the base, 22 October 1962.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1962.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    251k USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) underway, circa 1962, date unknown.
    US Navy MSC photo
    Nicholas Tiberio
    Upshur 53k USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Leonhardt
    198k USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) underway, probably in New York Harbor returning US service members and their families from Europe, circa October 1965.
    US Navy MSTS photo
    Nicholas Tiberio
    256k USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) underway, probably in New York Harbor returning US service members and their families from Europe, date unknown
    US Navy MSTS photo
    Nicholas Tiberio
    Upshur 460k USNS Upshur (T-AP-198) Club badge Marc Reckner
    TS State of Maine
    Upshur 117k TS State of Maine moored pierside at Southampton England, date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Upshur 16k Ex-TS State of Maine beached at Sand Island, AL. in 2007. Ron Reeves

    USNS Upshur (T-AP-198)
    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
    USNS Upshur - MARAD Vessel History Database
    TS State of Maine - MARAD Vessel History Database
    National Register Eligibility Assessment
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