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Prince Georges

(AP-165: dp. 12,350; l. 441-6-; b. 56-11-; dr. 24-6-; s. 13 k.; a. 1 5-, 4 3-; cl. Crater; T. EC2-5-C1)

A county in Maryland.

Prince Georges (AP-165) was built by Permanente Metal Corp., Richmond, Calif. as SS Richard March Hoe (MCE hull 426); launched 30 October 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Patricia Montgomery; served the Army Transport Service making runs to the Aleutian Islands with Army troops; acquired by the Navy under bareboat charter 25 October 1943; and commissioned 10 November 1943, Lt. Comdr. W. J. Lane in command.

On 16 December Prince Georges departed Pearl Harbor on her first Navy operation, which took her to the bloody shores of Tarawa, where she spent Christmas 1943 and New Year's Day of 1944, before returning to Pearl Harbor. In February she steamed from Pearl Harbor to disgorge men and material on Kwajelein Atoll, Makin Island and Abamama. After a return to Pearl Harbor, Prince Georges was back in the Gilberts and Marshalls in April. She participated, as part of TF 51, in her only invasion: Saipan, 20 June to 25 June, returning to Pearl Harbor in July.

Reclassified AK-224, 20 August 1944, Prince Georges departed Pearl Harbor again in early September to back up the invasion of the Palaus, anchoring in Kossol Roads 31 October. In December she delivered troops to Noumea, then put into Auckland before heading north and west reaching the Solomons and Marianas in January, 1945. She was employed as a troop carrier in the Central Pacific until June.

Returning to Pearl Harbor in June, she proceeded on to San Francisco. The end of the war found her back in Hawaii, whence she carried occupation troops to Saipan and Japan. Then reporting for "Magic Carpet" duty, at the end of October, she steamed for the United States with a load of returning veterans, arriving Seattle 10 November. She then proceeded to Okinawa on another "Magic Carpet" run.

Reaching San Francisco 13 February 1946, she decommissioned and was returned simultaneously to WSA 12 April 1946. Her name was struck from the Navy List 1 May 1946.

Prince Georges received one battle star for World War II service.

Published: Mon Aug 24 13:56:05 EDT 2015