Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Marine Adder Class Transport:
Laid down, 30 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2360) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Vancouver, WA.
Launched, 12 June 1945
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 21 September 1945, for charter to United Fruit Co., at Portland, OR.
Chartered to American President Lines, 22 November 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission in July 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Acquired by the Navy, 8 May 1952 and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Marine Serpent (T-AP-202)
During the Korean War Marine Serpent participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
Campaign and Dates
Campaign and Dates
Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
4 to 5 October 1952
17to 18 November 1952
Korean Summer-Fall 1953
19 May 1953
24 May to 3 June 1953
Third Korean Winter
31 December 1952 to 1 January 1953
17 to 18 February 1953
5 to 6 April 1953
11 to 12 April 1953
Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 17 August 1955
Sold for commercial service to Sea Land Service Inc., 16 July 1968, renamed SS Galveston
Converted to a containership by Todd Shipyards, Galveston, TX. in 1968
Final Disposition, scrapped at Taiwan in November 1987
Marine Serpent received three battle stars for Korean service
Specifications: Displacement 6,720 t.(lt) 10,210 t.(fl) Length 524' Beam 72' Draft 26' Speed 17 kts. Complement unknown Troop Accommodations 3,451 Armament none Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller, 13,750shp