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USAMRS J.E. Gorman

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Marine Repair Ship:
  • Built in 1908-09 as the package boat SS North Lake by Great Lakes Engineering Works, St Clair, MI.
  • Launched, 13 March 1909
  • Completed and delivered 1 May 1909 to Mutual Transit Co., Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Sold to the Great Lakes Transit Corp. 23 February 1916
  • Renamed SS J.E. Gorman in 1927
  • Title acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 21 July 1942, from the Great Lakes Transit Corp.
  • Allocated to the War Department, 16 March 1943
  • Modified for service as a Marine Repair Ship at Mobile, AL., dates unknown
  • Re-launched, 9 February 1943, at Mobile, AL
  • Commissioned USAMRS J.E. Gorman, 5 September 1944, was operated by a Coast Guard crew with administrative control retained by the Army
  • USAMRS J.E. Gorman was assigned to the Southwest Pacific Area during World War II
  • Decommissioned, 20 March 1947
  • Delivered by the War Department, 29 March 1947, to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Purchased, 29 December 1947, by the Great Lakes Transit Corp.
  • Withdrawn, 29 December 1947, from the Olympia Reserve Fleet and delivered to Great Lakes Transit Corp.
  • Resold in 1948 to Panagua Steamship Co., Inc., Panama, renamed SS Adelaide reflagged Panama
  • Final Disposition, arrived in Japan, 6 December 1953, for Scrapping
    Displacement 4,021 t. gross
    Length 359'
    Beam 46'
    Draft 30'
    Speed unknown
    Armamenttwo 3" guns one fore and one aft
    Coast Guard approx. 80
    Army 5 Officers, 100 Enlisted
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft, 1,800 shp

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    Merchant Service
    J.E. Gorman
    32k SS North Lake underway on the Great Lakes in merchant service for the Great Lakes Transit Corp., circa 1916-1927.
    GregCiesielski NorthLake 19091927 1 Front.jpg
    Naval Cover Museum
    J.E. Gorman 34k SS J. E. Gorman underway on the Great Lakes in merchant service for the Great Lakes Transit Corp., circa 1916-1942.
    HCGL /Main Lake carriers Assoc. Image ID 004036
    Bowling Green State University-Great Lakes Vessels Online
    USAMRS J.E. Gorman
    J.E. Gorman 91k USAMRS J.E. Gorman relaunching, 9 February 1943, following conversion at Mobile, AL. Cachet by Glen Osborn Tommy Trampp

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    1945 Army Crew Roster and sketch of ship deck plan
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