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USAT Brig. General William E. Horton
USAJMP Col. Card (1920 - 1923)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Built in 1919-20 for the War Department as the Junior Mineplanter Col. Card at Fabricated Ship Building, Milwaukee WI.
  • Launched, 15 July 1920
  • Accepted for service by the Quartermaster Corps about September 1920
  • Named in honor of Col. Benjamin C. Card, Q.M.C., brevet brigadier general, for service during the Civil War
  • Placed in commission in 1920, assigned to the Coast Defenses of Portland, ME.
  • Moored at the Louise Docks, Quebec, Canada, from November 1920 to July 1921 while en route to the east coast
  • Typically docked at Fort Williams, ME.
  • Functioned in the Harbor Boat Service as a freight and passenger craft at Portland, ME.
  • Placed out of commission in 1923
  • Sold to the State of Michigan, in October 1923, renamed Mackinaw City
  • Served as the Department of Highways auto ferry Mackinaw City on the Straits of Mackinac
  • Re-acquired by the US Army Transportation Corps in 1940 and place in service as the ferry USAT Brig. General William E. Horton,
  • Stationed at Fort Sherman, Canal Zone and and assigned to the Harbor Defenses of Cristobal
  • Retired from Army service in 1947
  • Acquired in 1947 by Keansburg Steamboat Co., N.J. intended for service as an auto ferry across Raritan Bay, plans cancelled with the death of owner of company
  • Stored at Keansburg Steamboat Co. maintenance pier at Keyport, N.J.
  • Stranded high on the beach when ripped from her moorings during a winter storm, 25 November 1950
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in summer 1952
    Displacement 535 t.
    Length 123'
    Beam 28'
    Draft 12'n
    Speed unknown
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Propulsion unknown
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    State of Michigan
    USAT Brig. General William E. Horton 159k State of Michigan Highway Department ferry MV Mackinaw City under way, circa 1923-1940, probably in the Straits of Mackinac.
    Photo from OhioLink - Digital Resource Commons
    Brig. General William E. Horton 192k
    USAJMP Col. Card
    USAT Brig. General William E. Horton
    43k Pen and ink drawing of USAJMP Col. Card.
    U. S. Army Order of Battle 1919-1941
    John Spivey
    USAT Brig. General William E. Horton
    USAT Brig. General William E. Horton 142k USAT Brig. General William E. Horton, landing wounded soldiers,23 June 1945, at Piermont, N.Y.
    Acme News Pictures Inc.
    Tommy Trampp

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