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Merchant Ships Used in the Korean War

The following list from the Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual, U.S. Navy 1956, lists Merchant ships that were in the war zone during the Korean War. Presence in the war zone during specified dates entitled mariners to the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

Ships not listed in the manual that have been added to the list are listed in bold-faced type.

*Asterisk denotes foreign-flag ship.

**Ships marked with double asterisk sailed under the Korean flag with a Korean crew but had an American captain, chief engineer and radio officer who were on board these vessels instructing the Koreans when the war started.

***In 1949, prior to the start of the Korean War, Captain Al Meschter and Chief Engineer Albert C. Willis were assigned to the SS Kimball R. Smith to train the Korean crew. This was one of the five “Baltic Coaster” class ships loaned to South Korea by the U.S. government. While Meschter and Willis were on the ship, the Korean crew mutinied and took the ship to a North Korean port where Meschter and Willis were interned for 81 days before being released. North Korea used the SS Kimball R. Smith during the war.

Acorn Knot Adelphia Victory Admiral Dewey Adrian Victory Afoundria
African Glade African Grooe African Moon African Patriot African Pilgrim
African Pilot African African Star Aiken Victory Alamo Victory
Alaskan Albion Victory Alfred Victory Allegheny Victory Alma Victory
Amarillo Victory American American Attorney American Eagle American Press
American Veteran American Victory Amerocian Amersea Amos G. Throop
Ampac Idaho Ampac Nevada Ampac Oregon Anacostia Angus Glenn*
Angus McDonald Anne Butler Annie C. Annioc Anniston Victory
Apollo Arcadia Victory Argovan* Arizpa Asbury Victory
Atlantic Water Atlanticus Audrey II Augustine Daly B.T. Irvine
Badger Mariner Barbara Fritchie Barenfels* Barnard Victory Barbara Lykes
Barney Krishbaum Bartlesville Victory Baylor Victory Baton Rouge Victory Beatrice Victory
Beauregard Beaver Victory Bedford Victory Belgium Victory Belocean*
Beloit Victory Benjamin Hawkins Berea Victory Bessemer Victory Binghampton Victory
Black Eagle Bloomington Victory Blue Cross State Blue Field Victory Blue Island Victory
Blue Star Booker T. Washington Boulder Victory Bowdoin Victory Boy
Brainerd Victory Brazil Victory Brigham Victory Bright Star Britain Victory
Buckeye Mariner Bucknell Victory Bucyrus Victory Burco Traider Burbank Victory
C.C.N.Y. Victory Cache Cahaba California California Bear
Californian Canada Mail Caney Canton Victory Cape Comfort
Cape Elizabeth Cape Saunders Capt N.B. Palmer Carlton Victory Carroll Victory
Catawba Victory Catherine Goulandris Cecil N. Bean Cedar Creek Central Victory
Chain Trader Charles Lykes Charles M. Conrad Charels McNary Charles Winsor**
Chepacket China Victory Choctau Christain Christine
Christos M. Citrus Packer City of Alma Clarksburg Victory Clarksville Victory
Clearwater Victory Clove Hitch Clovis Victory Coastal Sentry Codington
Coe Victory Coeur d'Alene Victory Cohocton Columbia Trader Compass
Constitution Statte Cooper Union Victory Coral Sea Cornell Victory Cornhusker Mariner
Cossatot Cotton Mariner Cotton State Council Bluffs Victory Cowanewque
Creighton Victory Cuba Victory David B. Johnson David W. Field De Pauw Victory
Del Aires Del Alba Denise Diamond Mariner Digby County
Ditto Dolly Turman Dorothy Stevenson Drury Victory Dudley Thomas
Duke Victory Durango Victory Earlham Victory East Point Victory Edison Mariner
Edwin Markhan Eileen Elby Elko Victory Elly
Elmira Victory Empire Marshall* Empire State Mariner Empire Viceroy Empire Wallace*
Enid Victory Escambia Escanaba Victory Eithopia Victory Eugenie
Exmouth Fairhope Federal Voyager Ferdinand Westfall Fora C.
Frederic C. Collins Frederick Brouchard Frederick Collin Frederick C. Williamson Free State Mariner
Fribourg Trader Frontenac Victory Furman Victory Gainsville Victory Gen. George Patton
George A. Lawson George Culuaunds George Eastman Geroge F. Duval Golden City
Golden Mariner Great Falls Victory Greece Victory Greeley Victory Green Bay Victory
Green Harbor Green Star Green Valley Gretna Victory Grinnell Victory
Groton Trails Gulf Water Halalua Victory Hamilton Victory Hannibal Victory
Harold Andrews Harold D. Whitehead Harold L. Winslow Harpoon Harvard Victory
Hattiesburg Victory Hawaii Bear Hawaiian Hawkeye Mariner Helen Lykes
Helen Stevenson Hendry D. Lindsley Heywood Brown Hibbing Victory Holy Star
Honda Knot Hongkong Transport Hoosier Mariner Hoosier State Hope Victory
Hunter Victory Hurricane Ike (former Sea Daring) Iran Victory Irene Star Issac Van Zandt
Israel Putnam James B. Weaver James H. Couper James H. Price James McHenry
Jefferson City Victory* Jelandside Jericho Victory John B. Whidden** John Ball
John C. Hohn H.B. Lathrobe Hohn H. Marion John Hanson John Howland
John Kulkundis John L. Sullivan John Lyras John Paul Jones John T. McMillan
Johns W. McKay John W. Powell Joliet Victory Joplin Victory Jose Marti
Joseph Feuer Joseph Lee Joseph Priestly Josuah Slocum Jumper Hitch
Katharine B. Sherwood Kelso Victory Kenneth Stevenson Kenyon Victory Kern
Keystone Mariner ***Kimball R. Smith Knox Victory Lafayette Lafayette Victory
Lahaina Victory Lake Minnewanka Lake Pennask Lakeland Victory Lakeside*
Lakewood Victory Lane Victory Laredo Victory Lawrence Victory Letitia Lykes
Lewis H. Emory Jr. Libery Bell Liberty Flag Lilica Linfield Victory
Lipari Loma Victory Lone Star Mariner Longview Victory Loyola Victory
Lucille Bloomfield Lumber Carrier Lumberman* Luxembourg Victory Lynn Victory
M.E. Comerford Macalester Victory Madaket Malden Victory Manderson Victory
Mankato Victory Marine Snapper Mariner Marquette Victory Marshfield Victory
Martin Behrman Marven Mary Adams Mary J. Goulandris Mascoma
Massillon Victory Mayfield Victory Mayfield Victory Meredith Victory Meridian Victory
Michael J. Goulandris Michael Moran Millicoma Minot Victory Mission Buenaventura
Mission Capistrano Mission Carmel Mission De Pala Mission Dolores Mission Loreto
Mission Los Angeles Mission Pursimia Mission San Antonio Mission San Carlos Mission San Diego
Mission San Fernando Mission San Francisco Mission San Gabriel Mission San Juan Mission San Jose
Mission San Luis Obispo Mission San Miguel Mission San Rafel Mission Santa Ana Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Santa Cruz Mission Solano Mission Soledad Mohawk Mohican
Monroe Victory Morgantown Victory Mormacdale Mormacelm Mormacmar
Mormacmoon Mormacpine Mormacport Mormacrio Mormacson
Mormacspruce Mormactide Mormacwave Morning Light Mother M. L.
Mountain Mariner Muhlenberg Victory Muir Woods Nashua Victory Nat Brown**
Nathaniel Crosley Navajo Victory Neptunes Nevadan New Rochelle Victory
New World Victory New Zealand Victory Newaden Newcastle Niantic Victory
Nicholas C.H. Nigel Noon Day Norcuba North Heaven
North Light North Pilot (former Westchester) North Platte Victory Norwich Victory Nutmeg Mariner
Oberlin Victory Ocala Victory Occidental Victory Ocean Betty Ocean Lotte
Ocean Navigator Ocean Seaman Ocean Skipper Ocean Star Ocean Victory
Ocean Villa Oceanic Ocklawaha Old Colony Mariner Old Dominion
Mariner Old Dominion State Olympic Pioneer Omega Ontonagon
Oshkosh Victory P & T Explorer P & T Navigator P & T Pathfinder Pacific Victory
Paducah Victory Palmetto Mariner Pamanset Pan American Victory Park Benjamin
Pecos Pegor Pelegia (former Sea World) Pelican Mariner Petaluma
Peter Dell II* Pierre Victory Pine Tree Mariner Pioneer Dale Pioneer Valley
Piscataqua Plymouth Victory Portland Trader Prairie Mariner President Harrison
Princeton Victory Provo Victory Purdue Victory Purple Star Queens Victory
Ragnor Naess (former Sea Pender) Red Oak Victory Reef Knot Rheinholt Rice Victory
Richard H. Davis Rider Victory Rincon Robert B. Forbes Robert G. Ingersoll
Robin Goodfellow Robin Gray Robin Hood Robin Kirk Robin Mowbray
Robin Trent Rock Springs Victory Rose Knot Rutgers Victory Sailor's Splice
San Mateo Victory Santa Clara Victory Santa Venetia Sappa Creek Sapulpa Victory
Saugatuck Saxon Schuyler Schuyler Otis Bland Schuylkill
Sea Bon Sea Champion Sea Cliff Sea Comet II Sea Coral
Sea Coronet Sea Daring Sea Faith Sea Fort Sea Garden
Sea Gate Seat Glamor Sea Glider Sea Globe Sea Herald
Sea Leader Sea Legend Sea Life Sea Manor Sea Merchant
Sea Merit (former Simon Benson) Sea Monitor Sea Mystery Sea Pender Sea Ranger
Sea Splendor Sea Star Sea Victory Sea Wind Sea World
Seaborne Sebec Selma Victory Seton Hall Victory Sharon Victory
Shawnee Trail Shinecock Bay Simmons Victory Sioux Falls Victory Soubarissen
South Bend Victory Southwestern Victory St. Augustine Victory Stathes Yamaglias* Stock Star
Saumico Sue Lykes Sunion Susquehanna Swarthmore Victory
Sword Knot Tabitha Brown Taddei Tainaron Tallulah
Tamalpais Tar Heel Mariner Texan Thunderbird Timber Hitch
Tomahawk Towanda Victory Transamerican Transatlantic Transoceanic
Transpacific Transunion Trinity Victory Trojan Trader Tucson Victory
Tulane Victory Tuskegee Victory Twin Falls Victory Union Victory USO Victory
Valdosta Victory Vanderbilt Victory Vercharmain* Virginia City Victory Volunteer Mariner
Wabash Wake Forest Victory Valcosta Walter F. Perry Waltham Victory
Walton* Warrior Warwick Victory Wellesley Victory Wesleyan Victory
West Linn Victory Westchester Western Ocean Western Rancher Western Trader
Westport William Carruth William Clagatate William Coddington William Eaton
William F. Lester** William McLean William Wilmer Wolverine Mariner Woodstock Victory
Xavier Victory Yankee Pioneer Yugoslavia Victory    


All Hands, “One Year of Korea,” June 1951, 10.

Cagle, Malcom W. and Frank A. Manson The Sea War in Korea (1957).

MSTS Magazine “Five Years of Service to the Services,” October 1954.

Seafarers Log “The Merchant Marine Goes to War in Korea,” September 1950.

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