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Major Randolph J. Hernandez (LT-2)
LT-2 (1943 - 1944)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Design 271 Large Tugboat:
  • Built by Jakobson Shipyard, Oyster Bay, NY (YN 295)
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the US Army Transportation Corps as LT 2, June 1943
  • Named Major Randolph J. Hernandez (LT 2), 1944
  • Operated in European theater, 1944 - 1945
  • Placed out of service, 1946
  • For sale at Charleston, SC (PDX-230), October 1946
  • Registered to to Dauntless Transportation Co., New York, NY, renamed Dauntless No. 15 (ON 251361), 1946
  • Sold to Moran Towing & Transportation Co., New York, NY, renamed Julia C. Moran, 1955
  • Transferred to Moran subsidiary Curtis Bay Towing Co., Norfolk, VA, renamed Sparrows Point, 1963
  • Re-engined with GM 16-278A 16-cylinder 1640hp diesel, 1963
  • Registered to Claymont Corporation, Wilmington, DE, renamed Accomac, 1972
  • Registered to Moran Towing & Transportation Co., New York, NY, renamed Doris Moran, 1972
  • Resold to Crescent Towing & Salvage Co. Inc., renamed Sparta, 1981
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown - believe abandoned in Louisiana
    Displacement 484 tons
    Length 162'
    Beam 27'
    Draft 13'
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 23 (including gun crew of 6)
    Armament two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 280,000 gallons
    Propulsion one 6-cyl diesel engine
    single screw 400shp

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    Randolph James Hernandez was born 02 December 1878 in Charleston, South Carolina. He started his Army career as a private in the 2nd Cavalry Band in July 1895. He served as private, corporal and sergeant in the bands of the 5th Cavalry and 10th Artillery and was made leader of the 14th Coast Artillery Band in March 1907. Hernandez was appointed a first lieutenant of Infantry 25 September 1917, being promoted to captain in October 1917 and major in October 1918. Serving as Quartermaster at Brest, France, during World War One, he received the Purple Heart. He retired from the Army 08 March 1928. In 1931, he was elected Secretary of the Quartermaster Association and editor of the service journal Quartermaster Review, positions he held until his death. Hernandez died at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, 20 January 1935. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

    Dave Wright

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