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  SS John L. Sullivan (YAG-37)
Liberty Ship

12,923 Tons
441' 6" x 57' x 27' 9"
8 x 20mm AA guns
1 x 3" gun
1 x 5" gun

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Edwin Fitchett 1946

Ship History
Built by Permanente Metals Corp. Yard 2, Richmond, CA. Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1122). Laid down May 2, 1943. Launched May 25, 1943. Delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) on June 7, 1943. Named "John L. Sullivan".

Wartime History
Departing Manila on April 2, 1946, the ship made a voyage to repatriate Japanese prisoners from the Philippines to Japan. Embarking from Manila to Tacloban to pickup a group of Japanese POWs. Aboard were prisoners from POW Camp #1 (LUPOW #1) including seven Army Generals and sixteen officers plus three civilians and Japanese Red Cross nurses.

Departing the Philippines, the ship proceeded northward to Takao Harbor to unload some 700 Formosan POWs. Next to Pusan to unload other POWs then onward to Japan arriving at Uraga to unload the remained of the prisoners. Finally, the ship docked at Yokohama for a week then returned to Manila.

Remained in the US Navy until YAG-37. Scrapped during 1958.

Ed Fitchett's Army Memories 1945-1946 DVD includes footage of USS John L. Sullivan
Passenger List Shipment "A-48" via Edwin Fitchett
Navy Source - John L. Sullivan (YAG-37)

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Last Updated
November 16, 2018


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