(AP-154: 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)
LeRoy Eltinge, born 17 September 1872 in Ulster County, N.Y., graduated from the Military Academy in 1896 and served in the Philippines 1898-99, for which service he received the Silver Star. He served in the Operations Section of the A.E.F. General Staff Headquarters during World War I and later became Deputy Chief of Staff of A.E.F. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding service in World War I. Brigadier General Eltinge died 13 May 1931 at Omaha, Neb.
General LeRoy Eltinge (AP-154) was launched 20 September 1944 by Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Yard 3, Richmond, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. James McCloud; acquired by the Navy and commissioned 21 February 1945, Capt. W. Wakefield in command.
After shakedown out of San Diego, General LeRoy Eltinge departed San Pedro 23 March with 3,100 troops for Calcutta, India, arriving 27 April via Melbourne, Australia. Underway 7 May with more troops, she debarked some at Tinian and others at Guam, before arriving San Francisco 27 June with 1,161 troops embarked at Pearl Harbor. She sailed 20 June for "Magic Carpet" duty in the Atlantic, arriving Norfolk 14 July. Between 30 July and 14 September she made two round trips from Norfolk to Marseilles, France, to transport 6,206 home-bound veterans. And on 29 September she departed Norfolk for Karachi, India, where she embarked veterans for "Magic Carpet" passage to the United States, arriving New York 11 November.
Clearing New York 29 November for further duty in the Pacific, General LeRoy Eltinye carried replacement troops to the Canal Zone, proceeded to Shanghai and the Philippines and returned to Seattle, Wash., 26 January 1946 with veterans embarked at Manila. On a voyage from 3 March to 6 April she carried rotation troops to Korea and returned veterans to Seattle, before departing 27 April for New York. She arrived 13 May, decommissioned 29 May, was returned to the Martime Commission and stricken from the Navy List June 1946.
Reacquired 20 July 1950, from Maritime Commission General LeRoy Eltinge joined MSTS 1 August while operating in the Western Pacific. Since joining MSTS, she has participated in several major troop and refugee operations. For more than a year she transported troops from Seattle and San Francisco to Japan and Korea. In October 1951 she supported the International Refugee Program, making two trips from New York to Bremerhaven, Germany. The following year she made several runs for the United Nations, including the transportation of Dutch troops from Rotterdam to Korea. During 1953 she carried additional refuges from Bremerhaven to New York and transported Ethiopian and Greek troops to Korea. Her MSTS service continued until she was placed in reduced operational status 26 November 1955 at New York.
General LeRoy Eltinge resumed operations between the United States and Europe 18 May 1956. Following the gallant Hungarian Revolution 23 October-4 November, she supported the refugee relief program; and during December she embarked several thousand refugees at Bremerhaven for passage to the United States. From May to September 1957 she made U.N. runs to Turkey and Thailand. After the Lebanon crisis of July 1958, she conducted two voyages to Beirut during October to return troops to France and Germany. She continued to operate in support of U.N. programs through 1959. While enroute from New York to Izmir, Turkey, 24 August 1960 she assisted in the rescue of 26 survivors from SS Halcyon Mediterranean, which had collided with SS Esso Switzerland off the coast of Spain. Returning to New York 1 September, she again assumed reduced operational status 26 September.
Following the outbreak of violence in the Belgium Congo in July 1960, General LeRoy Eltinge departed New York 20 February 1961 to support the U.N. peace mission. After lifting a cargo of famine relief supplies to Pointe Noire, Congo Republic 11 March; she steamed, via Capetown, South Africa, to Port Swettenham, Malaya and Bombay, India to embark 1207 troops for the U.N. Congo operations. Departing Bombay 15 April, she debarked troops and supplies at Mombasa, Kenya, and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika. After operating along the African coast from Nigeria to South Africa, she was released from U.N. operations and departed Capetown for the United States 13 May, arriving New York 30 May. She returned to reduced operational status 29 June. Departing New York 16 July 1962, she sailed via the Panama Canal to San Francisco where she arrived 1 August to resume reserve status.
In response to the mounting crisis in Vietnam, she returned to service 13 May 1965 and embarked 2,497 troops for Southeast Asia. During 1966 General LeRoy Eltinge supported America's determination to contain Communism in Vietnam and Southeast Asia through sealifts of men and supplies from west coast ports to the Far East. She returned to San Francisco from Vietnam in January. 1967, underwent overhaul, and was placed in ready reserve status.