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USS Marlboro (APB-38)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Benewah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship
  • Authorized, 17 December 1943, as Barracks Ship (non-self propelled) APL-38
  • Reclassified Barracks Ship (self-propelled) APB-38, 8 August 1944
  • Laid down, 25 August 1944, at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston MA.
  • Launched, 17 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Marlboro (APB-38), 18 August 1945, LT. Fred C. McPherson, USNR, in command
  • Crew reassigned to Fleet Boat Pool # 2 Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 15 April 1947
  • Decommissioned, 5 May 1947, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, St John's River FL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1963
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping
    Displacement 4,000 t.
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 129
    Troop Accommodation
    Officers 26
    Enlisted 1200
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty .50 and .30 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 2,975 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    five Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    twin rudders
    two propellers, 1,600shp

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    Marlboro 352k USS Marlboro (APB-38) and USS Mercer (APB-39) under construction at Boston Navy Yard, 3 January 1945. Note the two-level superstructure running nearly the entire length of the ships with the pilot house on top forward. Destroyer at top is USS Babbitt (AG-102) and across the channel there is probably a British battleship.
    US National Archives Record Identifier NA 38329801
    David Wright
    Marlboro 81k USS Marlboro (APB-38) underway near Boston Navy Yard, 27 August 1945, shortly after commissioning. Note the quadruple 40mm mounts at the bow and stern and the lifeboats in their davits.
    US National Archives photos # 19-N-87444, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Marlboro 35k USS Marlboro (APB-38) at anchor, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII

    USS Marlboro (APB-38)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McPherson, Fred Charles, USNR8 August 1945 - December 1946
    02LCDR. Patterson, John Durant, USN (USNA 1942)December 1946 - January 1947
    04LCDR. Tolivaisa, Homer, USNR15 April 1947 - 5 May 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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