I recall our landing craft front gate would not go completely down and we had to jump off onto the beach. 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 end of 1948 she was converted to a peacetime transport, with military One story I remembered my Uncle telling me was that they crossed back to Germany in the early months of 1959. I still have an old news paper, with news of the day with location and distance to port, printed on 20 April 1951. 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. The two years we spent in Germany were very educational and alot of fun. Ownership passed back to the Navy, but the ship retained her Army name. Also aboard in 1953 was young Joe Rein, "I was eight years old in 1953 when my mother, two sisters, and I went transatlantic on the Rose to Bremenhaven. I recall the service was conducted by Chaplin Fink. We sailed in December 1949 from Bremerhaven, Germany to New York. "I took the Patch to Germany in 1961 and the Rose back a year later. Free shipping for many products! amzn_assoc_region = "US"; Alexander McCarrell Patch, Jr., born 23 November 1889 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., graduated from the U.S. Military Academy 12 June 1913 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. That's how bad it was. Merle Rouillard had a rougher 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. 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. She named the boy Maurice and the girl Rose. $44.95. 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. 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. General Alexander M. Patch - See "Admiral R. E. Coontz" General William Mitchell: General Billy Mitchell: General William O. Darby - See "Admiral William S. Sims" 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. This was the day my enlistment was supposed to have ended. Ten P2-SE2-R1 ships were ordered by the Maritime Commission in World War II. Free shipping . I have lots of memorabilia of my dad's days in the Army, but I just can't find anything about our voyage home. I think it was the Rose, I was about 15 (9th grade). A namesake ship on active service from 1950 to 1967. Rose was struck from the Navy list on 3 March 1883 and sold on 20 September 1883. Also in 1959, Ralph Baker "traveled on the U.S.N.S. Following the abortive Hungarian revolution of 1957, the General Rose made three voyages from Bremerhaven carrying Hungarian refugees to New York. Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder, Austal USA, to the Navy. The ship was reportedly scrapped in Texas in 2000. The Daily Herald formerly for sale here, printed USS Gen. Maurice Rose, Feb. 1950. USS Butler. We transited the canal overnight and sailed up to the Long Beach Naval Station. John J. Keegan also sailed the Channel on the Rose. USS Admiral Hugh Rodman AP-126 then transited to New York, where in May 1946 she was decommissioned and transferred to the Army. '", Mr. Baker concluded, "Just as I will always remember my first flight to Europe, I will always remember the Rose on the trip back. $44.95. $44.95. Further aft to port, a barge is pumping fuel aboard. The intended use of these ships after the War was for South American service. A pregnant woman went into labor off the coast of Newfoundland, and she was taken aboard the Maurice Rose because they had a medical facility on board. ", Shipboard, USS Gen. Maurice Rose, October 1953 (courtesy of Dick Bergman). The ships were laid down by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in Alameda, California. When we got out of sight of land I was a little apprehensive. When we finally saw land it was a joyous occasion. We flew from Vung Tau in a Thai C 123 to Saigon. During these years, the ship also deployed to the Mediterranean 17 times to assist Sixth Fleet operations. The USNS Rose is one of them. We were allowed ashore at Long Beach for a few hours and then sailed to Okinawa. Within 5-10 minutes after reporting to the officer of the day the incident the soldier was found walking on B deck. As a result, the Rhode Island General Assembly petitioned Congress to establish a national navy in order to get rid of Rose. USS General W. C. Langfitt (AP-151) was a General G. O. Me? The ship's nurse, LCDR Alma Kuschel, is telling them about nursing aboard ship. I think it was the Rose, I was about 15 (9th grade). This was a hand drawn and penned mimeographed affair similar to an old school newspaper that ships sometimes made. The one thing that sticks in my mind is standing in line for a breakfast of powdered eggs (and whatever ) and passing the door to the mechanical areas. I was a young airman being deployed to Germany. 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. 2nd Bn 18th Inf Co. F. This was the second group departure from Germany (presumably in said operation). We rolled and pitched and I seriously thought the ship was sinking. The soldiers onboard debarked first. I thought, 'surely this was the largest craft of any kind I have ever seen.' 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! I can also remember seeing the ship for the first time. A Russian trawler struck an ice berg and was sinking north of us. He was not too happy about that due to the fact that he was so thrilled to be sailing on a first class ship -- finally. "The General Maurice Rose(AP 126) operated out of New York in the Atlantic and Mediterranean from 1950 to 1965. I boarded the ship at NY Harbor and 10 days later stepped on ground again in Bremen, Germany. 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. I think many guys found religion on that trip. I remember for several days we were not allowed on deck. Carries about 4,000 troops. of the 9th Infantry Division., was one of those aboard. And my detail was latrine duty, cleaning the cans. I was the 415th soldier to disembark. During April, she struck a Confederate mine in Mobile Bay and sank with the loss of two men killed and three wounded, but she was refloated and repaired and returned to service. $2.25 4 bids + $1.25 shipping . He was Capt.Wm.F. (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 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 … Despite these important efforts, the primary duty of the Rose remained transporting troops and their families between America and Europe. The intended use of these ships after the War was for trans-Pacific service. Find this Pin and more on In search of my roots.by Patricia Meisels. Image not available. Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Chase Rose, 18, is one of almost 800 crew on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier who tested positive for COVID-19 … Butner (AP-113) Howard's hand-written comments: One of our large troop carriers. As ordered, the ships were all named after U.S. Navy admirals. features, including armament, removed. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; This was my first time seeing even the lights of America since June 1956. That is why I enlisted. It made me, after all these years, a little sad to see the first words, 'scrapped in 2000. Lots of guys sick the whole time. An E6 was bunking in the same cabin and he had traveled on ships before and he said 'you are in the Atlantic ocean." 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). 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. 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. This ship brought me home, from Bremerhaven, Germany to Brooklyn POE, New York. A second trip to Vietnam was made between September 1966 and January 1967. ", Jerry Hawkins also crossed on the Rose in 1962, and found the weather just as rough. – 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. 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. ", Tom Nadeau also sailed in heavy seas, "My family was on the Rose in January, 1956 with the 11th Airborne Division. I have visited web sites, but can't find anything about this situation. It was so bad they would not let us out on deck. It was one of my greatest childhood memories. We too hit a storm to end all storms. I met and still have good buddies that made that same trip with me. Ship info Print Download PDF. Apparently our Master had speed on his mind and we did not stop until we got to the Pacific. Yes, this was my first of many bouts with sea sickness. "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. amzn_assoc_linkid = "4567fcddec696672c78205fd8d07f192"; Back To Justin United States Navy Unit History Exhibit, Pictures of the Maurice Rose, on Pic Search, Use Back Key To Return, Pictures of the Maurice Rose, also link to short history, and elsewhere on that page, a pictorial tribute to General Rose, 3rd Armored Division Site, Use Back Key To Return, Maurice Rose Wheelhouse, circa 1960, being visited by school children, (large image alone), Use Back Key To Return, Rear Admiral Hugh Rodman, biography from USS Admiral Hugh Rodman Commissioning pamphlet, Use Back Key To Return, The Ship that took many of us to Viet Nam, site dedicated to the Rose as related to the 3rd Bde, 9th Infantry, Use Back Key To Return, Rough Crossing on the Maurice Rose, Navy Anecdotes, Justin Naval Oral History Collection, Biography of Dick Bergman, Sr. Airman, Det#3, 136th CSS, Camp Pieri, Germany & 6912th RSM, Manhattan AFB, USA, USAF, Cold War, Biography of Richard Sparta, Johnson Barracks, Furth, Germany, US Army, Cold War. $44.95. 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. As ordered, the ships were all named after United States Army generals. 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. The bow itself was at least twenty stories tall! The sailors said that it was the worst they had ever seen. 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. He indeed had become seasick and went topside but he was safe. I learned quickly that the North Atlantic was not going to be a fun trip. The ship was rolling so badly, the water was flying OUT of the cans! One of the latter, Bill Douglas, "crossed the Atlantic aboard that ship, although not as a soldier. Maurice Rose spent most of her career on the route between New York and ", "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. After 35 months I came home on the Upshaw, stopping at South Hampton England to pick up more people. 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. USS Yancey AKA-93 Print. I was glad I had been in the 23rd class of Artillery OCS. ", The soldier went on to say, "The ship was rolling way over. Quick trip to the head every now and then and we were good to go. ", Not all journeys went as well. ", 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. It was pretty scary actually looking up at the water. USS Deliver ARS-23 Ship Print. Please Share your Stories! 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. ", Others were too young to remember the storms as the ship carried not only soldiers but, for some, their families. I recall sitting at anchor at the Eastern entrance of the Panama Canal all day in sweltering heat. USNS General William Weigel TAP-119 Print. However, they were born too early and did not survive. Between May 1947 and He expired and his body was removed from the ship by hoisting an Army ambulance aboard at our first stop at Da nang. It was bad. USS General H.W. ", 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. As we pulled out of NY harbor and passed the Statue of Liberty I felt a real sense of patriotism. We all watched a LOT of movies. It was really rough. As Dennis Gruhlke relates, "I sailed on the Rose from Norfolk, VA in September, 1966 as a member of the 702nd MI Detachment (CI). Beginning in 1952 the ship began transporting troops from the West Coast to Korea to aid in the effort to repel Communist aggression there. We were both Bakers, he an E4, I an E5. I had commissary duties, so I had access to 7-up and soda crackers! SP 5 John T. Boyajian, of the 9th Admin. As a Specialist 4, E4, I shared a cabin with another E4 in a forward cabin, near where the anchor was housed. "I road that great vessel from Brooklyn, NY to Bremerhaven, FRG in June 1963. I also worked in the food storage area of the ship both ways. Between August and October 1965 the Rose steamed from New York to the Far East to support U. S. forces in Vietnam. ", Steve Lyons sailed on the Rose the next year. The water was calm and I thought to my self this isn't going to be too bad. She leaves behind, however, thousands of memories and a legacy of having supported the defense of Freedom around the globe through four decades. Following the abortive Hungarian revolution of 1957, she made three voyages from Bremerhaven carrying Hungarian refugees to New York. The paper is no longer for sale. That freedom continues to thrive today thanks to the efforts of her builders, her crews, and the passengers she carried. On the way back in 1955 there were some terrible storms. It was a fun voyage with afternoon movies, on deck shuffleboard, a great game room, and my favorite activity -- making paper airplanes and flying them over the water. She was used by the Union Navy as a tugboat and ammunition ship in support of the Union Navy blockade of Confederate waterways. $44.95. I live just a few miles from where the ROSE came to spend her last days, at the James River Reserve Fleet. That was our call for breakfast. 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. 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. Biggest darn thing I'd ever seen.". amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; She was run by the merchant marine. I have a cute picture of my grandson wearing the sailor hat that we bought on the ship. In December she captured a small vessel laden with turpentine. This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. A copy of the image may be found here. On the 24th she returned to Hampton Roads and prepared to resume her cruise to the Gulf of Mexico. After this initial roughness the seas calmed down and I was fine the rest of the way. 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. I have lots of memorabilia of my dad's days in the Army, but I just can't find anything about our voyage home. My dad was supposed to report at Ft. Adams on January 2, 1948. It was a wonderful reunion with my father who we hadn't seen for 9 months. Feb 16, 2012 - USS General Alexander M Patch, Troop Ship that took me to Bremerhaven, Germany from Brooklyn Army Depot, New York. I don't remember any of those I sailed with from Germany except one boxer who happened to have similar name as I. The first several hours I remember sitting at the rear of the ship with a few other guys watching the NY skyline disappear. The Rose served with the Army Ordered to New Orleans, Louisiana, to join the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, she departed New York City soon after commissioning and proceeded to Hampton Roads, Virginia, where she was detained to support Major General Benjamin Butler's Army of the James up the James River at the beginning of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign on 4 May. While my initials are WRB his was RWB. Naval Ship General Maurice Rose Pictures Mrs. Maurice L. Jenks sponsor (holding flowers) and Party at the launching of USS Jenks (DE-665),... Enlarge image Brackett Hersey tests electronic gear in the upper lab aboard Atlantis . Remaining on the river well into June, she performed towing duties, tender services, and carried ammunition and powder up from City Point, Virginia. I treasure the certificate I got from that boat that says I was a great passenger on it. The storms in the North Atlantic were bad that year. Twins were born to this woman, a boy and a girl. The ships were laid down by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Kearny, New Jersey. For Ship's History & Specs. Joe Merill, was one such man, "I took this ship from Brooklyn to Hamburg in November. 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.". 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.". "I returned to NY from Germany in February, 1954. The whole ship was sick !! amzn_assoc_asins = "1483426955"; Finally after about 10 days the water started to calm, and we caught our first sight of England. John Lee shared that his "father and mother were on that rough seas trip on the Maurice Rose. Steaming primarily between New York and Bremerhaven, Germany, she completed more than 150 round-trip voyages. 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.". It was my honor to serve in the United States Army. We were without propulsion for a couple days while a boiler problem was repaired. In March 1945, off the Japanese mainland, the Essex-class aircraft carrier was hit by two 550-pound bombs … By February 13, 1950, the Rose was already making its 18th return passage from Europe. ", The Rose met rough seas again just a few months later, as told by Chester Wright. amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; Never the less it was a great time in my 24 year Army career that often look back on. https://military.wikia.org/wiki/List_of_Military_Sealift_Command_ships Mouse over to Zoom- Click to enlarge. We took displaced persons one way and troops the other. There was a large space on the deck level where we all hung out during day. This information comes from the front page of a newspaper printed on the ship, at least during that cruise, named the Daily Herald. 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". I wore it the whole time we were on the ship, and then some. USS Catoctin AGC-5 Print. the Curator to share or discuss or with any questions! 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. Eight days going over and ten days coming back. She was transferred to the U.S. Army as USAT General W. C. Langfitt in 1946. 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. I sailed on the Rose in late October of 1953. When we passed the Statue of Liberty, there were few dry eyes on deck. We had gone to Germany on the Patch and I have lots about it for some reason. Our port of call was Bremerhaven and off we went in the North Atlantic. My military memories are some of my most cherished human experiences. And I get into trouble because they aren't clean enough! It was a smooth sailing ship. It certainly was an exciting adventure for an 8 yr. old boy. That evening it got very rough and the ship was rolling and rocking. 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. ", 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. 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