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USNS General C.G. Morton (T-AP-138)

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USNS General C. G. Morton (T-AP-138)
USAT General C. G. Morton (1946 - 1950)
USS General C. G. Morton (AP-138) (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Charlie - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS General C. G. Morton (AP-138) transferred to the US Army following WWII, reacquired by US Navy Military Sea Transportation Service
General G. O. Squier Class Transport
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 661) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Yard No. 3, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 18 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS General C. G. Morton (AP-138), 7 July 1944, CDR. Stephen Ketcham Hall in command
  • During World War II USS General C. G. Morton transported passengers in both the Asiatic-Pacific and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters of Operation
  • Decommissioned, 15 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service (USATS) in May 1946
  • Commissioned USAT General C. G. Morton
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS) as USNS General C.B. Morton (T-AP-138)
  • During the Korean War General C. G. Morton (T-AP-138) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    1 to 2 August 1950
    8 October 1952
    Communist China Aggression
    21 to 28 December 1950
    First UN Counter Offensive
    10 to 11 February 1951

  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 May 1958, and transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Merchant Service
  • Sold to Central Gulf Lines, 14 April 1967 (MARAD Exchange Program
    Renamed SS Green Wave in May 1967
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 March 1980, to Sing Cheng Yuag Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., Taiwan
  • USS General C. G. Morton earned three battle stars for Korean War service
    Displacement 9,950 t.(lt) 17,250 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 10"
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 16.5kts.
  • Complement
    Officers 49
    Enlisted 451
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 230
    Enlisted 3,300
    Cargo Capacity 1,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 79,000 Cu ft.
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 1.1" gun mounts (replaced by two twin 40mm AA gun mounts)
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 13,300 Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 765
    double Falk Main Reduction Gear
    three 400Kw 240V D.C. Ship' Service Generators
    single propeller, 9,000shp
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    USS General C. G. Morton (AP-138)
    General C G Morton 68k

    Major General Charles Gould Morton commanded the Hawaiian Department from 1919-1921. He was the son of Brigadier General Charles Morton. He attended the US Military Academy in 1879, obtaining his commission in 1883. For most of the first 23 years of his career, he served with the 6th Infantry Regiment, seeing action in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, including a brief stint with the 1st Maine Volunteer Infantry. For most of the next six years Morton served in various Inspector General capacities before becoming an instructor with the Massachusetts National Guard in 1912. From there Morton commanded the 5th Infantry Regiment from 1913-16 and then assumed duties as Commander of US troops in Panama. He was not there long before becoming Commanding General of the 10th Division, defending the Texas border from 1916-17. Morton then commanded the 29th Division as part of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. General Morton served with the War Department General Staff before concluding his career as Commanding General of IX Corps. He retired in 1925, and among his awards was the Distinguished Service Medal. He died in 1933.
    Text from the U.S. Army Pacific
    Image from "Soldiers All; Portraits and Sketches of the Men of the A. E. F. (1920)"
    Bill Gonyo
    General C G Morton 37k Certificate issued by US Army Service Forces Transportation Corps, New York Port of Embarkation to soldiers of the 700th Military Police (PFC Valentine J. Golub) aboard USS General C.G. Morton (AP-138) on 25 November 1945 from Karachi. Jim Golub
    General C G Morton 37k USS General C.G. Morton (AP-138) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Military Sea Transportation Service Society web site
    General C G Morton 1369k USS General C.G. Morton (AP-138) packed with returning servicemen from the Pacific Theater during a Magic Carpet voyage, circa March 1946.
    US Navy photo by LT. Johnston , Lighter-than-Air Airship Squadron (ZP 31), NAS Santa Ana, CA.
    David Buell
    Merchant Service Central Gulf Lines
    General C G Morton 61k Ex-USS General C.G. Morton (AP-138) in merchant service as the Central Gulf Lines SS Green Wave at Bremerhaven, Germany, November 1976. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    General C. G. Morton


    Major General Charles Gould Morton, USA, served in the Philippines in the Spanish-American War and subsequently on the Texas border.


    (AP-138: dp. 9,950 (lt.); l. 522'10"; b. 71'6"; dr. 26'6"; cpl. 494; trp. 4,766; a. 45", 8 1.1", 16 20mm.; cl. General G. 0. Squier; T. C4-S-A1)


    General G. G. Morton (APA-138) was built by the Kaiser Co. of Richmond, Calif., in 1943-44; acquired by the Navy on 18 May 1944; and commissioned 7 July 1944, Comdr. S. K. Hall in command.


    After shakedown out of San Pedro, California, she stood out independently for Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 1 August, arriving 16 days later and loading homeward-bound troops. On 20 August she got underway arrived San Francisco 3 September, sailed on to San Diego and departed there 16 September for the Russell Islands in the Solomons. Embarking troops, she proceeded to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, and thence to Noumea, New Caledonia, before putting in at San Francisco 24 October.


    General C. G. Morton steamed to San Diego and departed with a convoy 10 November, calling at Pearl Harbor 6 days later and reaching Guadalcanal 29 November. On 3 December she sailed for San Francisco via New Guinea, Manus Island, and Noumea, arriving on the last day of 1944. After loading passengers at Long Beach, Calif., General C. G. Morton stood out 11 January 1945 bound for Calcutta, India, via Melbourne, Australia; she reached Melbourne 1 February and called at Calcutta 19 days later. Returning via Melbourne, Manus, Ulithi, Tinian, and Saipan, the transport arrived at San Francisco 25 April, only to get underway again 5 May for the Southwest Pacific, Hollandia, New Guinea, Leyte, and Manila, P.I., were ports of call. General C. G. Morton touched at San Francisco 5 July' before sailing 3 days later for the east coast. She transited the Panama Canal 17 July and put in at Boston 6 days later.


    Following drydocking, the busy ship departed 12 August for France, touching at Marseille 22.August and returning to Newport News, Va., 2 September 1945. On her next voyage, the transport sailed via the Suez Canal to Karachi, India, and returned by the same route to Ne,w York. In early January 1946 General C. G. Morton repeated this trip, but sailed around the world calling at Singapore and Manila before docking at San Francisco in early March 1946.


    General C. G. Morton was delivered to the War Department for use by the Army in May 1946. She was reinstated on the Navy List in March 1950 and assigned to MSTS Reserve. She was struck from the Navy List 29 May 1958.


    General C. G. Morton received three battle stars for Korean conflict service.