Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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Dakotan
(AP: dp.14,375; l. 428'9"; b. 53'6"; dr. 23'; s.15 k.; cpl. 88; a. 2 5")

A member of the Dakota tribe.

Dakotan (No. 3382) was built in 1912 by Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, Md.; acquired by the Navy 29 January 1919; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander J. Simmons, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the U. S. Cruiser and Transport Force, Dakotan made five transatlantic voyages between 15 February and 20 July 1919, carrying cargo to St. Nazaire and Bordeaux, France for the Army of Occupation, and returning servicemen to the United States. She was decommissioned at New York City 31 July 1919 and returned to her owner the same day.