USS Prince Georges (AK-224)

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Career
Name: USS Prince Georges
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Yard No. 2, Richmond, California
Laid down: 20 September 1942
Launched: 30 October 1942
Sponsored by: Mrs. Patricia Montgomery
Acquired: 25 October 1943
Commissioned: 10 November 1943
Decommissioned: 12 April 1946
Reclassified: AK–224, 20 August 1944
Struck: 1 May 1946
Honors and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 21 May 1969
General characteristics
Class & type: Crater-class cargo ship
Displacement: 12,350 long tons (12,548 t) full
Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam: 56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)
Draft: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement: 256
Armament: • 1 × 5"/38 caliber gun
• 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns

USS Prince Georges (AP-165/AK-224) was a Crater-class transport and cargo ship in the service of the United States Navy in World War II. Named after the Prince George's County, Maryland,[citation needed] it was the only ship of the Navy to bear this name.

Prince Georges was laid down on 20 September 1942 as liberty ship SS Richard March Hoe (MCE hull 426) by Permanente Metals Corporation, Yard No. 2, Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commission contract; launched on 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 on 25 October 1943; and commissioned on 10 November 1943, Lt. Comdr. W. J. Lane in command.

Service history[edit]

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 Kwajalein Atoll, Makin Island and Abamama, Kiribati. 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 to 25 June, returning to Pearl Harbor in July.

Reclassified AK–224, on 20 August 1944, Prince Georges departed Pearl Harbor again in early September to back up the invasion of the Palaus, anchoring in Kossol Roads on 31 October. In December she delivered troops to Nouméa, 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 on 10 November. She then proceeded to Okinawa on another "Magic-Carpet" run.

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

Awards[edit]

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

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