USS West Point

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USS West Point painted in North Atlantic pattern camouflage.

USS West Point (AP-23) was the Navy name of the SS America. In 1941, she was acquired by the US Navy to be used as a troop transport. During World War II, she sailed 436,144 nautical miles, and transported 505,020 men between 15 June 1941 and 28 February 1946. In addition to troops, she had carried Red Cross workers; United Nations officials; children; civilians; prisoners of war; and U.S.O. entertainers. [1]

The SS America was laid August 22, 1938 and in 1994 wrecked at Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands.

At the end as SS American Star.


The U. S. S. West Point is gone now, below the surface of the sea off the Canary islands. Under the sea she so proudly sailed shepherding troops to far destinations. She still lives in the memories of those that built her and sailed on her, and probably more so to the crews that manned her. Luigi Bagnato September 4, 2007.

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