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USNS Private Joe P. Martinez (T-AP-187)

USNS Martinez (T-AP-187) was a Boulder Victory-class cargo ship built for the
United States Navy during the closing period of World War II. The ship was named after
Private Joe P. Martinez, a Medal of Honor recipient.

Shown above is the ship retuning from Korea, the deck lined by Korean War Veterans.



Pvt. Joseph P. Martinez

Pvt. Joseph P. Martinez was born in Toas, New Mexico and attained the rank of Private in the U.S. Army, Company K, 32nd Infantry, 7th Infantry Division. On Attu, Aleutians, 26 May 1943 he gallantly made his stand beyond the call of duty.

Over a period of several days, repeated efforts to drive the enemy from a key defensive position high in the snow-covered precipitous mountains between East Arm Holtz Bay and Chichago Harbor had failed, On 26 May 1943, troop dispositions were readjusted and a trial coordinated attack on this position by a reinforced battalion was launched. Initially successful, the attack hesitated. In the face of severe hostile machinegun, rifle, and mortar fire, Pvt. Martinez, an automatic rifleman, rose to his feet and resumed his advance. Occasionally he stopped to urge his comrades on. His example inspired others to follow.

After a most difficult climb, Pvt. Martinez eliminated resistance from part of the enemy position by B.A.R. fire and hand grenades, thus assisting the advance of other attacking elements. This success only partially completed the action. The main Holtz-Chichagof Pass rose about 150 feet higher, flanked by steep rocky ridges and reached by a snow-filled defile. Passage was barred by enemy fire from either flank and from tiers of snow trenches in front. Despite these obstacles, and knowing of their existence, Pvt. Martinez again led the troops on and up, personally silencing several trenches with BAR fire and ultimately reaching the pass itself. Here, just below the knifelike rim of the pass, Pvt. Martinez encountered a final enemy-occupied trench and as he was engaged in firing into it he was mortally wounded. The pass, however, was taken, and its capture was an important preliminary to the end of organized hostile resistance on the island. His Medal Of Honor was the only WWII medal that was awarded outside of Pearl Harbor.


Name: Stevens Victory
  • Private Joe P. Martinez
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Joe P. Martinez awarded the Medal of Honor
Ordered: as type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, MCV hull 825
Builder: Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland
Laid down: 13 April 1945, as SS Stevens Victory
Launched: 29 May 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. Harvey N. Davis
Completed: 25 June 1945
Acquired: 5 September 1946, by the U.S. Army
Commissioned: 3 October 1947, as USAT Private Joe P. Martinez
Decommissioned: 1 March 1950
In service: 1 March 1950, as USNS Private Joe P. Martinez (T-AP-187)
Out of service: 1 September 1952
Struck: 6 November 1952
Identification: Hull symbol:T-AP-187
Honors and
four battle stars for Korean War service
Fate: scrapped in 1971


General Characteristics
Class and type: Boulder Victory-class cargo ship
  • 4,480 long tons (4,550 t) (standard)
  • 15,580 long tons (15,830 t) (full load)
Length: 455 ft (139 m)
Beam: 62 ft (19 m)
Draft: 29 ft 2 in (8.89 m)
Installed power: 8,500 shp (6,300 kW)
  • 1 × cross compound steam turbine - 1 × shaft
Speed: 15.5 kn (17.8 mph; 28.7 km/h)
Troops: 1,259
Complement: 96 officers and enlisted
Armament: none