St. Mihiel was launched in October 1920 for the United States Shipping Board and was operated by the United States Army Transportation Corps until mid-1940 when she was then transferred to the Navy.
1941 - 1942
The ship was commissioned as St. Mihiel (AP-32) on 22 July. Having operated as a transport between the west coast and Alaska with occasional runs to Hawaii prior to her transfer to the Navy, St. Mihiel performed the same duty after commissioning.
Into 1943, she called regularly at ports on mainland Alaska and in the eastern Aleutians. In May she participated in the occupation of Attu then resumed more routine transport duties. On 9 September she headed south to San Francisco and then on the 23rd, she steamed west to Hawaii and from there began her last voyage for the Navy. Transiting the Panama Canal in mid-October, she steamed on to Boston, where she was decommissioned on 16 November and returned to the Army which used her as a hospital ship for the remainder of World War II.
USAHS St. Mihiel (US Army)
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