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USS Freedom (ID 3024)

Navy call sign (Early 1919):
George - Jig - King - Love

Navy call sign (Late 1919):
Nan - Able - King - George

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - George - King

ex-USAT Freedom
ex-USAT Iroquois

Freedom served both the U. S. Army and Navy


  • The first Freedom was built in 1894 as Wittekind by Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, Germany
  • Seized by the U.S. Government 6 April 1917 and renamed Iroquois
  • Chartered by the U.S. Army in 1917 as USAT Iroquois
  • Renamed Freedom in 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 January 1919 and commissioned USS Freedom (ID 3024) the same day
  • Decommissioned 23 September 1919 at New York, returned to the United States Shipping Board and placed in reserve
  • Scrapped in 1924.


  • Displacement 9,674 t.
  • Length 383' 5"
  • Beam 46' 4"
  • Draft 24' 10½"
  • Speed 11.8 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: Two 4"/40 mounts
  • Propulsion: Two double ended and two single ended boilers, two 1,350hp vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    USAT Freedom
    Freedom 63k In port, probably in mid or late 1918
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99348
    Robert Hurst
    USS Freedom (ID 3024)
    Freedom 135k In port in 1919, while engaged in transporting U.S. troops home from France
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970
    U.S. Navy photo NH 73248
    Naval Historical Center
    Freedom 140k Shipping in Brest Harbor, 1919. Freedom is in the center foreground, marked with an "X"
    Copied from the USS Philippines [ID 1677] album (Lot S-589), page 24
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107092
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT J. C. C. Holier, USNRF24 January 1919
    02LCDR Frank C. Seeley, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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