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Marquette AKA-M


Counties in Michigan and Wisconsin.

(AKA-M: dp. 6,761; 1. 459'2" ; b. 63'; dr. 26'4"; s. 16.5 k.; cpl. 247; a. 1 5", 8 40mm.; cl, Andromeda; T. C2-S-Bl)

Marquette (AKA-W), built under Maritime Commission contract by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny. N.J., was launched 29 April 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Sydney 11. Wertheimer: acquired by the -Navy On loan charter from the Maritime Commission 19 June 1945: and commissioned 20 June 1945, Comdr. John E Gabrielson in command.

Two weeks prior to the end of hostilities in the Pacific Marquette, an attack cargo ship, departed the east coast for Pearl Harbor. Arriving there 23 August, she loaded cargo for the western Pacific and departed for Guam 20 September. From Guam she continued on to Manu and Brisbane, where she picked tip a cargo of food for the Philippines. Upon arrival at Samar, she discovered her cargo was no longer needed and had been transferred to UNRRA for use in Greece. She then proceeded I Piraeus, via Suez, discharged her cargo, and returned I Norfolk 19 April 1946.

Marquette was then assigned to the Atlantic Fleet and for almost 9 years served as a unit of that fleet's amphibious force. She participated regularly in type, squadron, and amphibious exercises which ranged from Greenland
to the Caribbean. Her activities also included periodic deployment with the 6th Fleet and, 15 August to 21 September 1947, a Brazilian cruise with congressional observers for the Rio Conference embarked. This conference
resulted in the signing of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, 2 September.

Marquette's five 6th Fleet deployments, with units of the 2d Marine Division on board, were conducted in 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, and 1954. During these Mediterranean cruises she operated primarily In the eastern and southern sections of that sea. On her first such deployment, in July 1948, Marquette was the scene of a conference between the U.N. mediator in Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte, and the command Ing officers of units of TF 167 as tension tinder the newly instituted, and extremely uneasy, truce between Israel, Transjordan, and Egypt continued to mount. On each successive deployment she was a source of stability in the troubled eastern 'Mediterranean.

On 5 January , Marquette departed Norfolk for California. Arriving, San Pedro. oil the 23d, she joined Transport Squadron 7, Pacific Fleet. In mid-January she sailed to San Francisco, where she decommissioned 19 July and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet. On 9 January 1960, she was turned over to the Maritime Commission and placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet. Into 1969 she is berthed at Olympia, Wash.


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