We transited the canal overnight and sailed up to the Long Beach Naval Station. Twins were born to this woman, a boy and a girl. They say "A picture is worth a thousand words". ", Similar sentiment was shared by self proclaimed "US Army brat" Edward E. Smith who "rode the ship from New York to Germany in February 1962 and the North Atlantic and the English Channel was terrible. My father was a captain and he had five children at the time. The hold where the enlisted men was awash in vomit. USS Pictor AF-54 Print. A crewman on a stage is painting the starboard anchor while a shore gang on the port side is applying boot topping. Mobile is the 23rd littoral combat ship (LCS) and the 13th of the Independence variant to join the fleet. There were men scrambling all over, divers, cable running all over the deck, they were trying to hoist the shaft up and stop the flooding, a kitchen guy came on deck to throw the trash out and the wind caught it and it flew up on deck and stuck to the greasy cables, what a mess. An E6 was bunking in the same cabin and he had traveled on ships before and he said 'you are in the Atlantic ocean." The same wasn't true for friends of mine who came across soon afterwards on the USNT Upchurch. Biggest darn thing I'd ever seen.". "I too, crossed the Atlantic in December 1951, on the ship named "Maurice Rose". 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. It was bad. The two years we spent in Germany were very educational and alot of fun. 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. 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. We went about six miles in 24 hours. get to New York. USS LONGVIEW AGM-3 Custom Ship Cap, USS SUNNYVALE AGM-5 Custom Ship Cap, USS WATERTOWN AGM-6 Custom Ship Cap, USS HUNTSVILLE AGM-7 Custom Ship Cap, USS WHEELING AGM-8 Custom Ship Cap, USS GEN. H. H. ARNOLD AGM-9 Custom Ship Cap, USS GEN. H.S. The head line is MacArthur policy. … USS Kodiak YF 866 Print. This was my first time seeing even the lights of America since June 1956. 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. USS General W. C. Langfitt (AP-151) was a General G. O. I was given some pills and a supply of paper bags to take with me as I traveled the ship. After receiving a second gun, a heavy 12-pounder, she proceeded to Mobile Bay where she remained into September. Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder, Austal USA, to the Navy. The wooden screw steamer Ai Fitch was purchased by the Navy on 12 December 1863 from Laurence Fitch, New York City; fitted out for service as a tug; and commissioned on 8 February 1864, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Pennington in command. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "justinmuseum-20"; 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. He always talked about how rough it was. All eight played important roles in the past 25 years carrying troops, dependents, refugees … On 5 May she got underway to tow the monitor USS Tecumseh up the James River to support Union Army forces converging on Petersburg, Virginia. After the 1950 hand over these were merchant mariners, a civilian body that had manned our convoys during WWII and died in the tens of thousands to submarine and air attack. ", Jerry Hawkins also crossed on the Rose in 1962, and found the weather just as rough. Mouse over to Zoom- Click to enlarge. I remember for several days we were not allowed on deck. "I took the Patch to Germany in 1961 and the Rose back a year later. Feb 16, 2012 - USS General Alexander M Patch, Troop Ship that took me to Bremerhaven, Germany from Brooklyn Army Depot, New York. We debarked by landing craft at Vung Tau after about 35 days. A second trip to Vietnam was made between September 1966 and January 1967. We have a brochure and photos of the ship, which certainly impressed us a people who had never seen anything other than the ships on the River Danube. 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. Only eight ships were completed as troop transports for the U.S. Navy, with the last two ships canceled on 16 December 1944. 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. She was named in honor of U.S. Army general William Campbell Langfitt. We had gone to Germany on the Patch and I have lots about it for some reason. Carries about 4,000 troops. As Dennis Gruhlke relates, "I sailed on the Rose from Norfolk, VA in September, 1966 as a member of the 702nd MI Detachment (CI). This ship brought me home, from Bremerhaven, Germany to Brooklyn POE, New York. Our Dad was with us, but pulled duty in the hole with prisoners. Rose was struck from the Navy list on 3 March 1883 and sold on 20 September 1883. She named the boy Maurice and the girl Rose. Despite these important efforts, the primary duty of the Rose remained transporting troops and their families between America and Europe. USS General H.W. Also in 1959, Ralph Baker "traveled on the U.S.N.S. amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; Another Air Force serviceman who went to Europe on the Rose was Dick Bergman, USAF, who "shipped out on the USNS General Maurice Rose bound for Bremerhaven Germany. John Lee shared that his "father and mother were on that rough seas trip on the Maurice Rose. I do not know what kept us from sinking. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; I treasure the certificate I got from that boat that says I was a great passenger on it. I thought, 'surely this was the largest craft of any kind I have ever seen.' She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in August 1990 and sold by the Maritime Administration in June 1997 for scrapping at Brownsville, Texas.". USS Admiral Hugh Rodman AP-126 then transited to New York, where in May 1946 she was decommissioned and transferred to the Army. 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. We watched them go down the gangplank with their heavy dufflebags. The Rhode Island-inspired bill passed in Congress on October 13, 1775, and written into the bill was a provision that the 12-gun sloop Providence should be the first ship of the American Navy. ", "I also remember the voice of a black steward yelling, "Rise and shin, Six O'clock" in the morning and that the dining tables had a raised edge to keep the plates from falling off it. ", "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. He indeed had become seasick and went topside but he was safe. The name of the Rose was written on one of mother's snapshots.". While my initials are WRB his was RWB. I think it was the Rose, I was about 15 (9th grade). In this guise, the Rose carried thousands of servicemen returning from the war and occupation, or on their way to join our forces in Europe. 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. Yes, this was my first of many bouts with sea sickness. And my detail was latrine duty, cleaning the cans. It was rough both ways, but having never been in a ship, I don't think we really knew how bad it was. Each morning a man would come through the halls with a xylophone and while playing it would shout out "Rise and Shine 7 o'clock!" My dad was supposed to report at Ft. Adams on January 2, 1948. It was an experience I will never forget. And I get into trouble because they aren't clean enough! 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. The intended use of these ships after the War was for South American service. Free shipping for many products! How are you supposed to clean in that? 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.". And the cooks, they serve us hot dogs and sauerkraut! USS Catoctin AGC-5 Print. But for any American Soldier who never took that ride through the English Channel, and stood on the deck while the ship was being navigated through the Weser River to Bremen, I'm sorry to say, it was indeed your loss. The master of the ship was C. J. It was my honor to serve in the United States Army. SP 5 John T. Boyajian, of the 9th Admin. A Russian trawler struck an ice berg and was sinking north of us. The USNS Rose looked awful small out there and the Atlantic looked awful big! On the way back in 1955 there were some terrible storms. It was during this time, after three years on duty, I was involved in an AWOL. I though it was a wall in front of us, but it was the side of the ship! General Maurice Rose from Bremerhaven, Germany to New York, returning from a 31 month tour in southern France. She was used by the Union Navy as a tugboat and ammunition ship in support of the Union Navy blockade of Confederate waterways. I can also remember seeing the ship for the first time. Many of the men aboard had experienced sea sickness on the crossing but I was used to the water after fishing for years with my father on a large lake in Michigan`s UP. Her namesake, Rear Admiral Hugh Rodman (1851-1940), was with Dewey in the Spanish American war and commanded US forces with the English under Beatty in WWI. ", Another dependent, Trent Young, remembers "going with my father and the rest my family to Germany in 1958 aboard her. We were allowed ashore at Long Beach for a few hours and then sailed to Okinawa. USNS General Maurice Rose TAP-126 Print. It was a smooth sailing ship. 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. 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. Soon after, Merle Rouillard had another rough journey on what may have been the Rose, when he "came back to the States, in February of 66 I think, from Bremerhaven to N.Y. I went to the dispensary with my mother and there were quite a few of us lined up in the same condition. It made me, after all these years, a little sad to see the first words, 'scrapped in 2000. Commissioned in New York City as a tugboat in 1864, Supporting McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Shipwrecks and maritime incidents in 1865, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=USS_Rose&oldid=965272577, Ammunition ships of the United States Navy, American Civil War auxiliary ships of the United States, Wikipedia articles incorporating text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 June 2020, at 11:20. 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. I can still remember my sister putting up a fuss and two orderlies had to come into the room and help the nurse. Sue Foss "was a few months old when my mother, dad, an Army officer, and brother sailed back from Bremerhaven to the States in late 1947. I did not get sick on the return but it took 10 days. Ten P2-SE2-R1 ships were ordered by the Maritime Commission in World War II. ", Tom Nadeau also sailed in heavy seas, "My family was on the Rose in January, 1956 with the 11th Airborne Division. USNS General Maurice Rose (T-AP-126) In port circa 1957 carrying out ship's work. ", Others were too young to remember the storms as the ship carried not only soldiers but, for some, their families. USS Deliver ARS-23 Ship Print. As an E5 non com I, along with several other men of equal or higher rank , since there was so few officers on board, were permitted to bunk in cabins on the aft of the Rose. Lasted the whole 7 (sic. It was pretty scary actually looking up at the water. John J. Keegan also sailed the Channel on the Rose. The first several hours I remember sitting at the rear of the ship with a few other guys watching the NY skyline disappear. Click for Ship's History & Specs. $2.25 4 bids + $1.25 shipping . Opens image gallery. After all these years I have never looked at the slides. ", Following an overhaul, the transport was laid up in ready reserve at the Caven Point (New Jersey) Army Depot in New York harbor. ", The Rose met rough seas again just a few months later, as told by Chester Wright. 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. I was a young airman being deployed to Germany. I was touring the bridge and saw the bow of this ship go at least twenty feet under water. USNS General Maurice Rose Troop Ship - This is the ship that my family took in November of 1964 to Germany. Me? I met and still have good buddies that made that same trip with me. Good memories!! 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". The bow itself was at least twenty stories tall! We had gone to Germany on the Patch and I have lots about it for some reason. It also took 15 days. The Army assumed formal ownership of the ship in My mother was afraid of flying in an airplane so we went by ship We were processed through Ft. Hamilton, NY where received our battery of shots. In addition, the Rosewas deployed to the Mediterranean 17 times. Between My regret was I did not know that or believe me I would have taken a last trip out to see her. "I was on board an 'MSTS ROSE' in July or August 1962. Picture Information. It took us seventeen days to cross and I do not remember going back on deck for the rest of the trip until we reached Bremerhaven, but it was January and probably no one was allowed on deck. I have visited web sites, but can't find anything about this situation. It was really rough. In 2000 the General Maurice Rose was broken up for scrap and is no more. Heavy seas were the norm on the route, as related by Patty Adkisson, "We were on our way home to Texas after my dad's tour of Duty in Frankfurt. Apparently our Master had speed on his mind and we did not stop until we got to the Pacific. She was run by the merchant marine. I am a rancher and still work today. I have a lot of slides and pictures of my trip to Viet Nam. One of the latter, Bill Douglas, "crossed the Atlantic aboard that ship, although not as a soldier. We sailed in December 1949 from Bremerhaven, Germany to New York. 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. December 1964 On the 24th she returned to Hampton Roads and prepared to resume her cruise to the Gulf of Mexico. 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. (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. Ships transferred to Military Sea Transport Service from Army Transportation Service, March 1, 1950; 72 ships Ships transferred to Military Sea Transport Service from Army Transportation Service, July 1, 1950; 33 ships Ships transferred to Military Sea Transport Service from Army Transportation Service, November 1, 1950; 10 ships This Navy agency provides ocean shipping for the United States armed forces and other authorized agencies. I boarded the ship at NY Harbor and 10 days later stepped on ground again in Bremen, Germany. The storm we experienced was as bad as the 1955 storm (related below). We rolled and pitched and I seriously thought the ship was sinking. amzn_assoc_asins = "1483426955"; Transportation Service, supporting the occupation of Europe, until, in March 1950, all Army transports were turned over to the newly created Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS). I'd had gotten sick in the car but this was even worse. 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. Long 8 days until we saw the white cliffs of Dover; I was in berthing with the NCOs, cramped, and right over the screws. I had pretty well settled down from anxiety and fear before all this happened, then for the next several hours it was stressful. Steaming primarily between New York and Bremerhaven, Germany, she completed more than 150 round-trip voyages. 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. Presumably 17 given the 10 days in next sentence) days we were at sea. I still have an old news paper, with news of the day with location and distance to port, printed on 20 April 1951. However, they were born too early and did not survive. The paper is looking pretty old like me today. The General Rose was scrapped in Texas during the year 2000. ", Mr. Baker continued, "We came into the harbor on Thursday evening, very late. when another ship reported being closer than we and they had diverted to the aid of the sinking ship. amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; ", "The next thing I remember was the train ride to Munich.". Please Share your Stories! "I was a merchant marine sailor back around 1951 and sailed twice on the Rose from New York to South Hampton England and Bremerhaven, Germany. That evening it got very rough and the ship was rolling and rocking. The sailors said she was taking water through her stacks, she rolled over so far. Rose departed Hampton Roads on 26 July and arrived in Mississippi Sound on 5 August. For Ship's History & Specs. [1] She remained in the Mobile area performing tug service into the fall, then shifted to Pensacola, Florida, where, being retained for service after the Civil War, she was assigned to the Pensacola Navy Yard. 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. Never reactivated, General Maurice Rose was transferred to the permanent custody of the Maritime Administration in July 1971 and moved to that agency's James River Reserve Fleet, in Virginia. As bad as it was I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. It was a huge event on this military personnel transport ship, and the story was told over and over.". February 1947 and renamed her USAT General Maurice Rose. I was glad I had been in the 23rd class of Artillery OCS. He was Capt.Wm.F. Mine was Johnson Barracks in Furth. I wore it the whole time we were on the ship, and then some. 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. 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. The whole ship was sick !! By February 13, 1950, the Rose was already making its 18th return passage from Europe. ", The soldier went on to say, "The ship was rolling way over. Despite being canceled, the last two ships were completed after the war to the P2-SE2 … 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. features, including armament, removed. 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. I don't remember any of those I sailed with from Germany except one boxer who happened to have similar name as I. 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