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Montour

 

A county in Pennsylvania.

 

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The name Montour was assigned to rescue transport ship APR‑9, but the contract for the ship was canceled 12 March 1943 prior to the start of construction.

 

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(APA‑101: dp. 8,392; l. 492'; b. 69'6"; dr. 26'6"; s. 18.4 k.; cpl. 540; a. 2 5", 4 40mm., 18 20mm.; cl. Bayfield; T. C3‑S‑A2)

 

Montour (APA‑101) was laid down under Maritime Commission Contract 20 October 1943 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, Miss.; launched 10 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Walter Gulley; acquired by the Navy on a loan charter basis and placed in partial commission 9 June 1944 to steam to Brooklyn, N.Y., for conversion by the Bethlehem Steel Corp.; and commissioned at New York 9 December 1944, Capt. James H. Thach, Jr. in command.

 

Following shakedown in Chesapeake Bay, Montour sailed for Hawaii, arriving Pearl Harbor 1 February 1945. Three days later she proceeded to San Pedro, Calif., where she reported for yard work. Between 26 March and 1 August she made two voyages to the Marianas. She embarked troops at San Francisco 11 August, and sailed for the Philippines, arriving San Pedro Bay, Leyte, on 5 September. Assigned to transport troops destined for occupation duty in Japan, she departed Lingayen Gulf, arriving at Wakayama Ko, Honshu 7 October. Montour debarked soldiers at Ise Wan, Honshu 27 October, and then reported for duty with the “Magic Carpet” fleet for the next 4 months.

 

She made two voyages from Okinawa to the west coast, disembarking troops at Portland and San Francisco. Returning to the east coast, she decommissioned at Norfolk, Va., 19 April 1946. Delivered to the War Shipping Administration 23 April, Montour was struck from the Naval Register 8 May.