On 1 March 1950 she was transferr. "My uncle who served in the US Army had traveled on this ship at least twice to and from assignment between the States and Germany. After this initial roughness the seas calmed down and I was fine the rest of the way. Never the less it was a great time in my 24 year Army career that often look back on. We were not authorized to dock until the next morning, Friday, the 6th of February. USS Edson (DD-946) is a Forrest Sherman-class destroyer, formerly of the United States Navy, built by Bath Iron Works in Maine in 1958. I remember the scene up on deck, we (pet owners) were the only ones allowed up top because we HAD to care for our animals. An Army band was there to greet us and when the soldiers were disembarking they played the song "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now". Biggest darn thing I'd ever seen.". The photographic history of the Civil War - thousands of scenes photographed 1861-65, with text by many special authorities (1911) (14576162079).jpg 1,996 × 1,586; 433 KB It made me, after all these years, a little sad to see the first words, 'scrapped in 2000. We flew from Vung Tau in a Thai C 123 to Saigon. Mobile is the 23rd littoral combat ship (LCS) and the 13th of the Independence variant to join the fleet. https://military.wikia.org/wiki/List_of_Military_Sealift_Command_ships USNS General William Weigel TAP-119 Print. I had received some second degree burns (water burns from an exploding radiator) just before we shipped out of Ft. Dix, NJ and the time I spent up on deck were painful with sea spray not mixing with my healing burns. Our crossing was uneventful. We were, according to naval personnel, about to divert to the S.O.S. Twins were born to this woman, a boy and a girl. Carries about 4,000 troops. Well we got dressed as the boat was rocking and by the time we were sitting at the breakfast table I was green around the gills and didn't want anything to eat. I remember the crossing was mostly uneventful except for few days of giant swells which caused the ship to roll so severely that things flew off the table. The next day our dining table server Baco suffered a heart attack while serving breakfast. The Military Sea Transportation Service has announced that eight of its troopships (including the Rose, Patch, Darbyand Buckner) are being inactivated by the end of June 1970. $4.99. Following the abortive Hungarian revolution of 1957, the General Rose made three voyages from Bremerhaven carrying Hungarian refugees to New York. Rose was struck from the Navy list on 3 March 1883 and sold on 20 September 1883. amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; I was the 415th soldier to disembark. ", The Rose met rough seas again just a few months later, as told by Chester Wright. I have lots of memorabilia of my dad's days in the Army, but I just can't find anything about our voyage home. E-mail UNITED STATES NAVAL SHIP GENERAL MAURICE ROSE (T-API 26) is one of a globe-circling fleet of Navy and com mercial ships operated under the Military Sea Transportation Service. The trip was only supposed to take seven days. Despite being canceled, the last two ships were completed after the war to the P2-SE2 … I remember it so well. General Alexander M. Patch - See "Admiral R. E. Coontz" General William Mitchell: General Billy Mitchell: General William O. Darby - See "Admiral William S. Sims" Quick trip to the head every now and then and we were good to go. I will never forget! ", "It got so bad they had to shut down the engines. During these years, the ship also deployed to the Mediterranean 17 times to assist Sixth Fleet operations. ", Others were too young to remember the storms as the ship carried not only soldiers but, for some, their families. GENERAL MAURICE ROSE - 8332863 - TROOPSHIP 8332863 GENERAL MAURICE ROSE Click to view larger image. My father was stationed in Germany and we were joining him for a two year stay. Feb 16, 2012 - USS General Alexander M Patch, Troop Ship that took me to Bremerhaven, Germany from Brooklyn Army Depot, New York. I remember on several occasions we went down at such and angle, the propellers would come out of the water, and turn and that ship would just rock so hard. Manned by a civilian crew, she operated out of New York in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean during the next 15 years. It was really rough. I have lots of memorabilia of my dad's days in the Army, but I just can't find anything about our voyage home. Bremerhaven, West Germany, supporting U. S. military forces in Europe. Per the Navy Historical Center website, the USS Admiral Hugh Rodman, a 9,676-ton (light displacement) transport, was built by the Maritime Commission to its P2-SE2-R1 design as an Admiral W. S. Benson-class troop transport and was commissioned in July 1945. The entry can be found here. It was my honor to serve in the United States Army. USS General W. C. Langfitt (AP-151) was a General G. O. I got queasy but not totally wiped out like many. I also had my fifth birthday on the ship and it looked like a very large three-tiered cake and there seemed to be a lot of kids. But on the way back, we went through a storm, a propeller shaft broke and the propeller went to the bottom and some of the bottom of the ship flooded. – The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Mobile (LCS 26) during a ceremony at Austal USA on Dec. 9, the service said in a Dec. 11 release. All eight played important roles in the past 25 years carrying troops, dependents, refugees … ", Repairing a screw propeller of USNS General Maurice Rose, from USN Sealift Command site, Margit J. Monk was told a very sad Rose story by her Uncle, SFC Cyrille G. Desrosiers, of Greenville, NH, which also illustrates hidden capabilities of the ship. The storms in the North Atlantic were bad that year. February 1947 and renamed her USAT General Maurice Rose. I don't remember any rough crossings as described by others, nothing like the seas I had seen on weather patrol off Iceland and Greenland in the Coast Guard, where heavy seas came over the bow.". Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Postcard 1960 U.S. Navy Ship USS General Maurice Rose T-AP126 *1741 at the best online prices at eBay! Opens image gallery. The USNS Rose looked awful small out there and the Atlantic looked awful big! The same wasn't true for friends of mine who came across soon afterwards on the USNT Upchurch. She then took part in the occupation of Japan between August 1945 and March 1946 when she made five voyages from the U. S. west coast to the western Pacific, carrying occupation troops and relief personnel for veterans returning home. Also in 1959, Ralph Baker "traveled on the U.S.N.S. Below decks were several hundred Army E-1s and E-2s who, as the story was told, had been released from Army stockades in exchange for volunteering to go to Vietnam. $43.95. In December she captured a small vessel laden with turpentine. The whole ship was sick !! "I too, crossed the Atlantic in December 1951, on the ship named "Maurice Rose". Name of the ship: GENERAL ALEXANDER M.PATCH: Type of ship: TROOPSHIP: Gross tonnage: 15969 tons: DWT: 10131 tons: Year of build: 1945: Builder: BETHLEHEM KEY HIGHWAY - BALTIMORE MD, U.S.A. Data provided by www.grosstonnage.com Ship photos. Download Medium Size Download Full Size. ", Wendell J. Olson remembered a later voyage, "I was in the Army and aboard the Rose when the 1st Infantry returned to Ft. Riley Kansas, Sept 1955 in Operation Gyroscope. Apparently, she was known for rough crossings of the North Atlantic. In March 1945, off the Japanese mainland, the Essex-class aircraft carrier was hit by two 550-pound bombs … Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder, Austal USA, to the Navy. We were to dock at Bremerhaven but were held off so mine sweepers could clear the area of WW2 mines that had been torn loose by the storms we had experienced on our trip. One of these men manning the Rose was Robert Decker, a former Coast Guardsman. I probably would not have even reported the incident had I been able to find him but I feared he had become seasick and went topside and got too close to the edge and fell overboard. My older sister said she would sit on the floor of our cabin and as the ship would roll, she would slide around on the floor. I think it was the Rose, I was about 15 (9th grade). The water was calm and I thought to my self this isn't going to be too bad. I learned another valuable lesson; one person cannot find another person on a ship if both persons are moving. Directly Above Photo shows the Rosein the James River Reserve Fleet, Virginia, where it was "moth-balled" from 1967 to some point in the 1990's. John J. Keegan also sailed the Channel on the Rose. Thanks for letting me tell my story,and to all who sailed on her god bless you all. He was returning to the states with his war bride my mother. I went to the dispensary with my mother and there were quite a few of us lined up in the same condition. My father was a captain and he had five children at the time. USS Kodiak YF 866 Print. When I boarded the Rose, as she was called, at the port in Germany it was my first time ever being near the ocean or a ship. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "justinmuseum-20"; I recall the rough waters. Our port of call was Bremerhaven and off we went in the North Atlantic. The USNS Rose is one of them. I have a cute picture of my grandson wearing the sailor hat that we bought on the ship. Within 5-10 minutes after reporting to the officer of the day the incident the soldier was found walking on B deck. Somewhere in my years following that trip on Rose I lost my little book on her and the papers I had detailing when she had been built, what her duty had been, etc, today, on the internet I looked her up. Beginning in 1952 the ship began transporting troops from the West Coast to Korea to aid in the effort to repel Communist aggression there. General C. C. Ballou was reacquired by the Navy 1 March 1950 for MSTS and for nearly 2 years sailed be tween Europe and the United States with refugees seeking freedom and security. She leaves behind, however, thousands of memories and a legacy of having supported the defense of Freedom around the globe through four decades. Find this Pin and more on In search of my roots.by Patricia Meisels. USNS General Maurice Rose TAP-126 Print. Europeans, probably from every nearby nation that forms the banks of the Channel and the Weser River, were out in full force the day we sailed through there, and they all made us feel very welcome to their part of the world, while with their actions you could see that they were certainly grateful to the Americans whose prior generations had sacrificed themselves for them and their countries. When we passed the Statue of Liberty, there were few dry eyes on deck. Many of these men have vivid memories of the passage, and the rough seas the ship often encountered. I don't think we rolled over far enough to take on water through the stacks, as you depict in your story, but for 2 days or so, GI's were vomiting everywhere, and we too were banned from going to the deck. The ship was reportedly scrapped in Texas in 2000. We took displaced persons one way and troops the other. A copy of the image may be found here. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; In the middle of the Atlantic, on a ship, with the nearest land as one sailor said "a mile, straight down" we have an AWOL soldier. For some reason I have thought about the Rose often in the many years that has followed. After 35 months I came home on the Upshaw, stopping at South Hampton England to pick up more people. After exiting the canal I was part of an honor guard for a funeral for a deceased MSTS Master who had desired to have his ashes spread in the Atlantic. ", Jerry Hawkins also crossed on the Rose in 1962, and found the weather just as rough. Ship info Print Download PDF. – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrived at the Port of Astoria, Ore. to kick-off the 111th annual Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week June 5 through June 9. "I was on this ship on our way to Viet Nam in Dec. of 1966. We had gone to Germany on the Patch and I have lots about it for some reason. Admiral Hugh Rodman (AP-126) (q. v.) was reacquired by the Navy from the Army Transport Service as General Maurice Rose 1 March 1950 and assigned to MSTS. (1950-2000), USAT General Maurice Rose (1947-1950), USS Admiral Hugh Rodman (1945-1947), T-AP-126, AP-126, Troop Transport, WWII, Cold War, Vietnam. USS Butler. It was rather uneventful until about the fifth day, (about the middle of the trip). ", Shipboard, USS Gen. Maurice Rose, October 1953 (courtesy of Dick Bergman). Image not available. It took us seventeen days to cross and I think many guys found religion on that trip. We also hit a storm and lost mileage for three days." During one such voyage, the ship carried much of the Third Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, which boarded in mid-December 1966 and arrived at Vung Tau late on December 31 to debark in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 1967 for train transport inland. USNS General Maurice Rose (T-AP-126) Thirty members of the Future Nurses Club of Bergenfield High School, Bergenfield, New Jersey, visiting the Rose 's operating room while the ship was docked at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, circa the later 1950s or early 1960s. As a Specialist 4, E4, I shared a cabin with another E4 in a forward cabin, near where the anchor was housed. John Lee shared that his "father and mother were on that rough seas trip on the Maurice Rose. I was the son of a career Navy officer, and our family rode the Rose from the U.S. to my father's ultimate duty station, aboard the USS Springfield in its French Riviera home port of Villefranche. I boarded the ship at NY Harbor and 10 days later stepped on ground again in Bremen, Germany. In addition, the Rosewas deployed to the Mediterranean 17 times. ", Mr. Baker continued, "We came into the harbor on Thursday evening, very late. DR WHO USS RINGGOLD NAVAL SHIP UNUSED POSTCARD RPPC f57290. The USS Franklin was not a lucky ship. None of the troops were permitted above deck for some 2-2/12 days. ", Richard Spatta's "experience on the Rose was similar to what most other guys said. $44.95. The Rose served with the Army The food was excellent! December 1964 get to New York. We pulled out of NY on May 5, 1961. The General Rose was scrapped in Texas during the year 2000. the Curator to share or discuss or with any questions! How are you supposed to clean in that? I recall having mess in the AM (Green Eggs) and watching the port hole go under the sea and back up to the sky over and over again. ", "It got to the point where the ship would roll so far over on her side I would worry she wasn't going to come back up. I went top side and what I thought yesterday was the largest craft I had ever seen looked today like a little chip floating on the face of the water. We debarked by landing craft at Vung Tau after about 35 days. 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