", Repairing a screw propeller of USNS General Maurice Rose, from USN Sealift Command site, Margit J. Monk was told a very sad Rose story by her Uncle, SFC Cyrille G. Desrosiers, of Greenville, NH, which also illustrates hidden capabilities of the ship. Admiral Hugh Rodman (AP-126) (q. v.) was reacquired by the Navy from the Army Transport Service as General Maurice Rose 1 March 1950 and assigned to MSTS. I have a lot of slides and pictures of my trip to Viet Nam. This information comes from the front page of a newspaper printed on the ship, at least during that cruise, named the Daily Herald. Click for Ship's History & Specs. Also aboard in 1953 was young Joe Rein, "I was eight years old in 1953 when my mother, two sisters, and I went transatlantic on the Rose to Bremenhaven. We were allowed ashore at Long Beach for a few hours and then sailed to Okinawa. $44.95. Further aft to port, a barge is pumping fuel aboard. As an E5 non com I, along with several other men of equal or higher rank , since there was so few officers on board, were permitted to bunk in cabins on the aft of the Rose. Finally after about 10 days the water started to calm, and we caught our first sight of England. The name of the Rose was written on one of mother's snapshots.". I also had my fifth birthday on the ship and it looked like a very large three-tiered cake and there seemed to be a lot of kids. My father was stationed in Germany and we were joining him for a two year stay. ", Mr. Baker continued, "We came into the harbor on Thursday evening, very late. Soon after, Merle Rouillard had another rough journey on what may have been the Rose, when he "came back to the States, in February of 66 I think, from Bremerhaven to N.Y. It was a wonderful reunion with my father who we hadn't seen for 9 months. – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrived at the Port of Astoria, Ore. to kick-off the 111th annual Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week June 5 through June 9. We went about six miles in 24 hours. The paper is no longer for sale. – The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Mobile (LCS 26) during a ceremony at Austal USA on Dec. 9, the service said in a Dec. 11 release. $44.95. In March 1945, off the Japanese mainland, the Essex-class aircraft carrier was hit by two 550-pound bombs … Download Medium Size Download Full Size. Transportation Service, supporting the occupation of Europe, until, in March 1950, all Army transports were turned over to the newly created Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS). USS Rose was a screw steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. Following the abortive Hungarian revolution of 1957, she made three voyages from Bremerhaven carrying Hungarian refugees to New York. The Rose served with the Army Ownership passed back to the Navy, but the ship retained her Army name. A copy of the image may be found here. "The General Maurice Rose(AP 126) operated out of New York in the Atlantic and Mediterranean from 1950 to 1965. We were both Bakers, he an E4, I an E5. We have a brochure and photos of the ship, which certainly impressed us a people who had never seen anything other than the ships on the River Danube. I think it was the Rose, I was about 15 (9th grade). $44.95. Feb 16, 2012 - USS General Alexander M Patch, Troop Ship that took me to Bremerhaven, Germany from Brooklyn Army Depot, New York. USS Butler. When I boarded the Rose, as she was called, at the port in Germany it was my first time ever being near the ocean or a ship. Remaining on the river well into June, she performed towing duties, tender services, and carried ammunition and powder up from City Point, Virginia. General H.W. I can also remember seeing the ship for the first time. The storm we experienced was as bad as the 1955 storm (related below). Heavy seas were the norm on the route, as related by Patty Adkisson, "We were on our way home to Texas after my dad's tour of Duty in Frankfurt. I have lots of memorabilia of my dad's days in the Army, but I just can't find anything about our voyage home. The whole ship was sick !! After the 1950 hand over these were merchant mariners, a civilian body that had manned our convoys during WWII and died in the tens of thousands to submarine and air attack. Our crossing was uneventful. UNITED STATES NAVAL SHIP GENERAL MAURICE ROSE (T-API 26) is one of a globe-circling fleet of Navy and com mercial ships operated under the Military Sea Transportation Service. As a civilian-manned MSTS transport, USNS General During these years, the ship also deployed to the Mediterranean 17 times to assist Sixth Fleet operations. A former name retained. Bremerhaven, West Germany, supporting U. S. military forces in Europe. I stood on the deck of Rose and looked at all the headlights zipping along on shore and wondered, what and how much has changed since. The ships were laid down by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Kearny, New Jersey. Our port of call was Bremerhaven and off we went in the North Atlantic. Biggest darn thing I'd ever seen.". We transited the canal overnight and sailed up to the Long Beach Naval Station. How are you supposed to clean in that? It was really rough. Manned by a civilian crew, she operated out of New York in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean during the next 15 years. Guys were getting sick everywhere. ", The Rose met rough seas again just a few months later, as told by Chester Wright. As ordered, the ships were all named after U.S. Navy admirals. Quick trip to the head every now and then and we were good to go. I still have an old news paper, with news of the day with location and distance to port, printed on 20 April 1951. The mixed smell of diesel and breakfast was about more than I could take. It was my honor to serve in the United States Army. USS General W. C. Langfitt (AP-151) was a General G. O. $43.95. USS General H.W. General Alexander M. Patch - See "Admiral R. E. Coontz" General William Mitchell: General Billy Mitchell: General William O. Darby - See "Admiral William S. Sims" But on the way back, we went through a storm, a propeller shaft broke and the propeller went to the bottom and some of the bottom of the ship flooded. amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; The intended use of these ships after the War was for South American service. Naval Ship General Maurice Rose Pictures Mrs. Maurice L. Jenks sponsor (holding flowers) and Party at the launching of USS Jenks (DE-665),... Enlarge image Brackett Hersey tests electronic gear in the upper lab aboard Atlantis . ", "I also remember the voice of a black steward yelling, "Rise and shin, Six O'clock" in the morning and that the dining tables had a raised edge to keep the plates from falling off it. He was Capt.Wm.F. I do not know what kept us from sinking. I sailed on the Rose in late October of 1953. Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder, Austal USA, to the Navy. USS Deliver ARS-23 Ship Print. Butner (AP-113) Howard's hand-written comments: One of our large troop carriers. The next day our dining table server Baco suffered a heart attack while serving breakfast. There were men scrambling all over, divers, cable running all over the deck, they were trying to hoist the shaft up and stop the flooding, a kitchen guy came on deck to throw the trash out and the wind caught it and it flew up on deck and stuck to the greasy cables, what a mess. I can still remember my sister putting up a fuss and two orderlies had to come into the room and help the nurse. I recall our landing craft front gate would not go completely down and we had to jump off onto the beach. ", Shipboard, USS Gen. Maurice Rose, October 1953 (courtesy of Dick Bergman). My regret was I did not know that or believe me I would have taken a last trip out to see her. A crewman on a stage is painting the starboard anchor while a shore gang on the port side is applying boot topping. As bad as it was I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. John Lee shared that his "father and mother were on that rough seas trip on the Maurice Rose. We also hit a storm and lost mileage for three days." That is why I enlisted. The first several hours I remember sitting at the rear of the ship with a few other guys watching the NY skyline disappear. February 1947 and renamed her USAT General Maurice Rose. Below decks were several hundred Army E-1s and E-2s who, as the story was told, had been released from Army stockades in exchange for volunteering to go to Vietnam. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "justinmuseum-20"; The Admiral Rodman was on her shakedown cruise off California when the Japanese surrender ended World War II. Postcard 1960 U.S. Navy Ship USS General Maurice Rose T-AP126 *1741. USS Admiral Hugh Rodman AP-126 then transited to New York, where in May 1946 she was decommissioned and transferred to the Army. The Rhode Island-inspired bill passed in Congress on October 13, 1775, and written into the bill was a provision that the 12-gun sloop Providence should be the first ship of the American Navy. ", Others were too young to remember the storms as the ship carried not only soldiers but, for some, their families. I did not get sick on the return but it took 10 days. I have a cute picture of my grandson wearing the sailor hat that we bought on the ship. "I was on this ship on our way to Viet Nam in Dec. of 1966. It was rather uneventful until about the fifth day, (about the middle of the trip). Also in 1959, Ralph Baker "traveled on the U.S.N.S. $44.95. The soldiers onboard debarked first. One story I remembered my Uncle telling me was that they crossed back to Germany in the early months of 1959. ", An Army veteran whose name was not provided, also told the curator of a Rough Crossing he made on the Rose. USS Pictor AF-54 Print. In addition, the Rosewas deployed to the Mediterranean 17 times. The sailors said she was taking water through her stacks, she rolled over so far. All eight played important roles in the past 25 years carrying troops, dependents, refugees … I think it was the Rose, I was about 15 (9th grade). The paper is looking pretty old like me today. My older sister said she would sit on the floor of our cabin and as the ship would roll, she would slide around on the floor. Long 8 days until we saw the white cliffs of Dover; I was in berthing with the NCOs, cramped, and right over the screws. USNS General Maurice Rose (T-AP-126) Thirty members of the Future Nurses Club of Bergenfield High School, Bergenfield, New Jersey, visiting the Rose 's operating room while the ship was docked at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, circa the later 1950s or early 1960s. After receiving a second gun, a heavy 12-pounder, she proceeded to Mobile Bay where she remained into September. We were not authorized to dock until the next morning, Friday, the 6th of February. I recall the service was conducted by Chaplin Fink. The trip had taken 8 days and we were excited to see my father and get our feet on dry steady land. I always liked that ship. USNS General Maurice Rose TAP-126 Print. We too hit a storm to end all storms. Lots of guys sick the whole time. Despite these important efforts, the primary duty of the Rose remained transporting troops and their families between America and Europe. Sue Foss "was a few months old when my mother, dad, an Army officer, and brother sailed back from Bremerhaven to the States in late 1947. Rose departed Hampton Roads on 26 July and arrived in Mississippi Sound on 5 August. The water was calm and I thought to my self this isn't going to be too bad. we moved out of the English channel some time in the night. Since I was the boy I got the top bunk and that was fine with me. We debarked by landing craft at Vung Tau after about 35 days. get to New York. Ship info Print Download PDF. Please Share your Stories! Rose was struck from the Navy list on 3 March 1883 and sold on 20 September 1883. Thanks for letting me tell my story,and to all who sailed on her god bless you all. She leaves behind, however, thousands of memories and a legacy of having supported the defense of Freedom around the globe through four decades. The storms in the North Atlantic were bad that year. The food was excellent! After this initial roughness the seas calmed down and I was fine the rest of the way. My military memories are some of my most cherished human experiences. I learned another valuable lesson; one person cannot find another person on a ship if both persons are moving. I live just a few miles from where the ROSE came to spend her last days, at the James River Reserve Fleet. USNS General Maurice Rose (T-AP-126) In port circa 1957 carrying out ship's work. She then shifted back to Mississippi Sound where she added patrol duty to her other duties. A namesake ship on active service from 1950 to 1967. "I was on board an 'MSTS ROSE' in July or August 1962. We flew from Vung Tau in a Thai C 123 to Saigon. She named the boy Maurice and the girl Rose. I was touring the bridge and saw the bow of this ship go at least twenty feet under water. I wore it the whole time we were on the ship, and then some. Directly Above Photo shows the Rosein the James River Reserve Fleet, Virginia, where it was "moth-balled" from 1967 to some point in the 1990's. A pregnant woman went into labor off the coast of Newfoundland, and she was taken aboard the Maurice Rose because they had a medical facility on board. We watched them go down the gangplank with their heavy dufflebags. E-mail Between August and October 1965 the Rose steamed from New York to the Far East to support U. S. forces in Vietnam. When we passed the Statue of Liberty, there were few dry eyes on deck. After all these years I have never looked at the slides. I am a rancher and still work today. As a Specialist 4, E4, I shared a cabin with another E4 in a forward cabin, near where the anchor was housed. He indeed had become seasick and went topside but he was safe. He expired and his body was removed from the ship by hoisting an Army ambulance aboard at our first stop at Da nang. Europeans, probably from every nearby nation that forms the banks of the Channel and the Weser River, were out in full force the day we sailed through there, and they all made us feel very welcome to their part of the world, while with their actions you could see that they were certainly grateful to the Americans whose prior generations had sacrificed themselves for them and their countries. There were men scrambling all over, divers, cable running all over the deck, they were trying to hoist the shaft up and stop the flooding, a kitchen guy came on deck to throw the trash out and the wind caught it and it flew up on deck and stuck to the greasy cables, what a mess.". $44.95. I remember on several occasions we went down at such and angle, the propellers would come out of the water, and turn and that ship would just rock so hard. Guys were walking around with paper bags. We had gone to Germany on the Patch and I have lots about it for some reason. ", Richard Spatta's "experience on the Rose was similar to what most other guys said. Apparently, she was known for rough crossings of the North Atlantic. She was run by the merchant marine. The Daily Herald formerly for sale here, printed USS Gen. Maurice Rose, Feb. 1950. I had received some second degree burns (water burns from an exploding radiator) just before we shipped out of Ft. Dix, NJ and the time I spent up on deck were painful with sea spray not mixing with my healing burns. Name of the ship: GENERAL ALEXANDER M.PATCH: Type of ship: TROOPSHIP: Gross tonnage: 15969 tons: DWT: 10131 tons: Year of build: 1945: Builder: BETHLEHEM KEY HIGHWAY - BALTIMORE MD, U.S.A. Data provided by www.grosstonnage.com Ship photos. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in August 1990 and sold by the Maritime Administration in June 1997 for scrapping at Brownsville, Texas.". That freedom continues to thrive today thanks to the efforts of her builders, her crews, and the passengers she carried. ", In addition to the soldiers and their families who were passengers, the Rose was also home to her crew. ", "It got so bad they had to shut down the engines. We went thru the English Channel to Bremerhaven Germany where trains were waiting to take us to our final destination. It was a fun voyage with afternoon movies, on deck shuffleboard, a great game room, and my favorite activity -- making paper airplanes and flying them over the water. Twins were born to this woman, a boy and a girl. As a result, the Rhode Island General Assembly petitioned Congress to establish a national navy in order to get rid of Rose. Another Air Force serviceman who went to Europe on the Rose was Dick Bergman, USAF, who "shipped out on the USNS General Maurice Rose bound for Bremerhaven Germany. USS Catoctin AGC-5 Print. The waves were so high and hit the ship so hard, it would rattle your teeth. We came back by a converted hospital ship and people said it road better in the water. The ships were laid down by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in Alameda, California. Well we got dressed as the boat was rocking and by the time we were sitting at the breakfast table I was green around the gills and didn't want anything to eat. She was named in honor of U.S. Army general William Campbell Langfitt. When we got out of sight of land I was a little apprehensive. In 2000 the General Maurice Rose was broken up for scrap and is no more. I recall having mess in the AM (Green Eggs) and watching the port hole go under the sea and back up to the sky over and over again. 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