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General D. E. Aultman (AP-156)

(AP-156: dp. 9,950 (lt.); l. 522'10"; b. 71'6"; dr. 24'; s. 16 k.; cpl. 356; trp. 3,823; a. 4 5", 4 40mm., 16 20mm.; cl. General G. O. Squier; T. C4-S-A1)

Dwight Edward Aultman, born 2 February 1872 at Allegheny, Pa., graduated from the Military Academy in 1894 and was commissioned 2d Lieutenant, Field Artillery. During the Spanish-American War, he fought in the Battle of San Juan Hill and at the siege of Santiago Aultman served at various posts until World War I when he was an artillery commander in France, participating in the Aisne-Marne and St. Mihiel offensives. He received the Distinguished Service Medal, and returned to the United States in 1919 as Commanding General, Camp Knox, Ky.

Brigadier General Aultman's last command was the Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla. He died 12 December 1929 at Washington, D.C.

General D. E. Aultman (AP-156) was launched 18 February 1945 under Maritime Commission contract by Kaiser Co., Inc., Yard 3, Richmond, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. Alma H. Aultman, widow of General Aultman; acquired by the Navy and commissioned 20 May 1945, Captain S. P. Swicegood, USCG, in command.

After shakedown out of San Diego, General D. E. Aultman got underway 30 June bound for France. She transited the Panama Canal and arrived Marseilles 24 July, embarking troops, nurses, and Red Cross workers for the Pacific theater. The transport sailed 26 July via the Panama Canal and found herself 1 day out of Balboa bound for New Guinea when the Japanese capitulated 15 August.

General D. E. Aultman arrived Humboldt Bay, New Guinea 4 September, and carried troops to Manila before returning to Portland 11 October 1945. She was then assigned to the "Magic Carpet" fleet, contributing her important part to the gigantic task of returning the hundred of thousands of Pacific veterans. She made two "Magic Carpet" voyages to the Far East before decommissioning at San Francisco 15 March 1946. She was returned to the Maritime Commission for transfer to the Army Transportation Service, serving in the Pacific.

Reacquired by the Navy 1 March 1950, General D. E. Aultman joined the MSTS with a civil service crew and resumed her support of American posts in the Pacific. After the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950, the transport began the vital job of transporting troops to that strategic country. The veteran ship sailed to the western Pacific until she was returned to the Maritime Commission 4 June 1958. She entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Calif., where she remains.

Published: Fri Jul 10 09:07:48 EDT 2015