USS Catoctin AGC-5 Print. Butner (AP-113) Howard's hand-written comments: One of our large troop carriers. We sailed in December 1949 from Bremerhaven, Germany to New York. ", Shipboard, USS Gen. Maurice Rose, October 1953 (courtesy of Dick Bergman). USS Deliver ARS-23 Ship Print. ", Wendell J. Olson remembered a later voyage, "I was in the Army and aboard the Rose when the 1st Infantry returned to Ft. Riley Kansas, Sept 1955 in Operation Gyroscope. USS Yancey AKA-93 Print. The hold where the enlisted men was awash in vomit. 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. ", An Army veteran whose name was not provided, also told the curator of a Rough Crossing he made on the Rose. My regret was I did not know that or believe me I would have taken a last trip out to see her. "I was on this ship on our way to Viet Nam in Dec. of 1966. 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. I also worked in the food storage area of the ship both ways. the Curator to share or discuss or with any questions! It was rather uneventful until about the fifth day, (about the middle of the trip). By February 13, 1950, the Rose was already making its 18th return passage from Europe. The Rose served with the Army $43.95. Good memories!! ", Mr. Baker continued, "We came into the harbor on Thursday evening, very late. USS General W. C. Langfitt (AP-151) was a General G. O. The ship was reportedly scrapped in Texas in 2000. I remember it so well. I don't remember any of those I sailed with from Germany except one boxer who happened to have similar name as I. The intended use of these ships after the War was for trans-Pacific service. Being 10 at the time, we kids had a great time with pillows sliding up and down the hallways as the ship rocked and rolled with the waves. ", Others were too young to remember the storms as the ship carried not only soldiers but, for some, their families. Twins were born to this woman, a boy and a girl. As a civilian-manned MSTS transport, USNS General Maurice Rose spent most of her career on the route between New York and Bremerhaven, West Germany, supporting U. S. military forces in Europe. I can also remember seeing the ship for the first time. amzn_assoc_asins = "1483426955"; Yes, this was my first of many bouts with sea sickness. Me? In December she captured a small vessel laden with turpentine. 2nd Bn 18th Inf Co. F. This was the second group departure from Germany (presumably in said operation). The photographic history of the Civil War - thousands of scenes photographed 1861-65, with text by many special authorities (1911) (14576162079).jpg 1,996 × 1,586; 433 KB I think many guys found religion on that trip. 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. The soldiers onboard debarked first. "I was on board an 'MSTS ROSE' in July or August 1962. We transited the canal overnight and sailed up to the Long Beach Naval Station. A second trip to Vietnam was made between September 1966 and January 1967. Following the abortive Hungarian revolution of 1957, she made three voyages from Bremerhaven carrying Hungarian refugees to New York. When we passed the Statue of Liberty, there were few dry eyes on deck. A copy of the image may be found here. As a Specialist 4, E4, I shared a cabin with another E4 in a forward cabin, near where the anchor was housed. Biggest darn thing I'd ever seen.". Apparently our Master had speed on his mind and we did not stop until we got to the Pacific. It certainly was an exciting adventure for an 8 yr. old boy. I had pretty well settled down from anxiety and fear before all this happened, then for the next several hours it was stressful. A former name retained. "I was a merchant marine sailor back around 1951 and sailed twice on the Rose from New York to South Hampton England and Bremerhaven, Germany. She was used by the Union Navy as a tugboat and ammunition ship in support of the Union Navy blockade of Confederate waterways. 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. This was a hand drawn and penned mimeographed affair similar to an old school newspaper that ships sometimes made. Download Medium Size Download Full Size. The Military Sea Transportation Service has announced that eight of its troopships (including the Rose, Patch, Darbyand Buckner) are being inactivated by the end of June 1970. "I road that great vessel from Brooklyn, NY to Bremerhaven, FRG in June 1963. The General Rose was scrapped in Texas during the year 2000. I do not know what kept us from sinking. Manned by a civilian crew, she operated out of New York in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean during the next 15 years. The two years we spent in Germany were very educational and alot of fun. 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. We debarked by landing craft at Vung Tau after about 35 days. I though it was a wall in front of us, but it was the side of the ship! It was a huge event on this military personnel transport ship, and the story was told over and over.". $44.95. It was bad. I recall sitting at anchor at the Eastern entrance of the Panama Canal all day in sweltering heat. John J. Keegan also sailed the Channel on the Rose. The ship was rolling so badly, the water was flying OUT of the cans! One of these men manning the Rose was Robert Decker, a former Coast Guardsman. ", Tom Nadeau also sailed in heavy seas, "My family was on the Rose in January, 1956 with the 11th Airborne Division. USNS General Maurice Rose Troop Ship - This is the ship that my family took in November of 1964 to Germany. The ship's nurse, LCDR Alma Kuschel, is telling them about nursing aboard ship. ", Another dependent, Trent Young, remembers "going with my father and the rest my family to Germany in 1958 aboard her. I can still remember my sister putting up a fuss and two orderlies had to come into the room and help the nurse. Steaming primarily between New York and Bremerhaven, Germany, she completed more than 150 round-trip voyages. We were, according to naval personnel, about to divert to the S.O.S. The storm we experienced was as bad as the 1955 storm (related below). USS General H.W. ", In addition to the soldiers and their families who were passengers, the Rose was also home to her crew. I have a lot of slides and pictures of my trip to Viet Nam. Thanks for letting me tell my story,and to all who sailed on her god bless you all. The Admiral Rodman was on her shakedown cruise off California when the Japanese surrender ended World War II. I think it was the Rose, I was about 15 (9th grade). General Characteristics Crew List Memorabilia Cruise Books About the Ship's Coat of Arms Image Gallery to end of page USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) USS MESA VERDE is the third SAN ANTONIO - class amphibious transport dock and the first ship in the Navy named in honor of the Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. And I get into trouble because they aren't clean enough! 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. I thought, 'surely this was the largest craft of any kind I have ever seen.' 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. Please Share your Stories! ", "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. It was my honor to serve in the United States Army. But we made it. That evening it got very rough and the ship was rolling and rocking. There was a large space on the deck level where we all hung out during day. None of the troops were permitted above deck for some 2-2/12 days. I treasure the certificate I got from that boat that says I was a great passenger on it. I will never forget! We came back by a converted hospital ship and people said it road better in the water. Eight days going over and ten days coming back. $2.25 4 bids + $1.25 shipping . I do not remember going back on deck for the rest of the trip until we reached Bremerhaven, but it was January and probably no one was allowed on deck. My father was a captain and he had five children at the time. It was pretty scary actually looking up at the water. Her namesake, Rear Admiral Hugh Rodman (1851-1940), was with Dewey in the Spanish American war and commanded US forces with the English under Beatty in WWI. Picture Information. On the 24th she returned to Hampton Roads and prepared to resume her cruise to the Gulf of Mexico. I recall the rough waters. ", Jerry Hawkins also crossed on the Rose in 1962, and found the weather just as rough. I met and still have good buddies that made that same trip with me. 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