GENERAL W C LANGFITT AP 151
Ship Name and Designation History
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Keel Laid (Date unknown) as Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull
Launched July 17 1944
Acquired by U.S. Navy September 30 1944
Struck from Naval Register August 15 1946
Delivered to Maritime Commission
Transferred to Army Transportation Service
Reacquired by U.S. Navy March 1 1950
Assigned to Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS)
Inactivated September 30 1957
Struck from Naval Register May 1958
Laid up May 13 1958 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group
Sold 1969 to Sea-Land Lines
Converted to Containership and renamed TRANSINDIANA
According to its Wikipedia entry, the ship was "scrapped at Brownsville, Texas in 1983."
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GENERAL W. C. LANGFITT earned 4 battle stars for Korean War service
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasps) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal
Ernest Curtis, a crew member who served aboard the ship during WWII, provides the following information regarding the Philippine Liberation Medal: "In late Jan or early Feb 1945 we embarked the 1st army Calvert at fins chafe New Guinea then to Holland and joined a convoy. We then landed to 1st at leyte for combat. The day after the landing we started taken on wounded. In fact we got back wounded that we had landed the day before. After taking on approximately 900 wounded we started back to San Fran. Unfortunately several of the wounded died and we buried them at sea. At San Fran a large number of ambulances met us and thansported the wounded to Letterman General Hosp. I earned the Philippines liberation metal while serving on the Gen. W.C. Langfitt."
NAMESAKE - William Campbell Langfitt (August 10 1860 - April 20 1934)
Langfitt graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1883 and until May 1898 served with the Corps of Engineers in New York, Texas, and Ohio. During the Spanish-American War he organized the 3d Battalion at San Francisco and served as Commanding Officer of American Forces in Hawaii. General Langfitt served in Oregon and Cuba before sailing for France in July 1917. During World War I he was Chief of Staff, Lines of Communications; Chief of Utilities; and Chief Engineer; and he participated in the Cambrai Operations, Somme Defensive, and St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensives. Upon his return to the United States in July 1919, he served as Division Engineer at New York until retiring May 31 1920. General Langfitt died in Washington, D.C., April 20 1934
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