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U. S. S. MARQUETTE (AKA - 95) HISTOID The keel for hull 259, designated u the I ^ MARQUETTE (AKA-95) was laid in the yards of the Federal Shipbuilding: and Drvdock Company at Kearny, New Jersey, during October, 1944, and the ship was launched on April, 1945. Marquette designated a- an attack cargo ship was converted from the Maritime Commission ' s C-2 type hull. Fully loaded, -In- displaces about 16,000 tons. Sin it approximately 460 feet long anil has a beam of 63 feet. The ship was com- missioned on June 20, 1945, at the Brooklyn I S Navy Yard, and she has since had eight commanding officers, with Captain Donald J. MacDonald, I SN in command at the present time. On the Lsl ot August, 1945, after a period of shakedown, and training. Marquette began a round-the-world voyage, covering 31,659 miles, and making \2 ports in 9 countries, including Australia, the Philhpme Islands. Strait- Settlements, Ceylon, Arabia, Egypt, and Greece. On arrival at Norfolk in April 1946. and until May 1948, (lie ship operated with the Amphibious Force, I .S. Atlantic Fleet, making reserve cruises and taking part in amphibious operation-. From May until October, 1948, she was in the Mediterranean, operating with the Sixth fleet. During the lirst months of 1 9 4 " > . Marquette was in the Puerto Rico area engaged in training troops of the Second Marine Air Wing. From Ma) until September. 1949, she operated in the Mediterranean, making such ports as Augusta, Sicily; Malta: Athens, Greece; Uarseilles. France: and Haifa. Israel. Activities during 1950 included Operation Portrex, in the I arribbean area, a Midshipmen training cruise, and amphibious operations off Bermuda. During 1951, the Marquette returned to the Mediterranean for a five month period during which liberty was enjoyed bv all hands in Gibraltar. Italy. Greece, Algiers, Malta, and Crete. Early in July she returned to the Norfolk area for an overhaul period at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. Work was completed there on Sep- tember 12. During the remainder of 1951. Marquette went through a rigorous training period, followed by a three-week Caribbean cruise, and a period of upkeep and leave. Early in 1952, the ship participated in Operation Micowex. a cold weather exercise, in waters a few hundred miles south of Greenland. Following the 40 knot winds, rough seas and zero weather of Greenland, came a third voyage to the sunbaked Caribbean, where most of us were able to lose our nose colds and all of us breathed a little easier. A time of tender work in Norfolk came next, and following this, we began to take on supplies for the Cruise which will unfold in the pages following. Marquette has indeed " Joined the Navy and seen the world " .
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Horn in DuBois, Pennsylvania in I90K, Dnnald J. M.i.l ,1,1 received ■ commission u Ensign, I > N ■■ the I ,S. Naval Uadem) .11 June ,,l 1931. During the earl) I930 ' s he served aboard the destroyers: Hnlben and Imvt md •. " the battleship: California. Late in I " ' . " . Captain M... I dd, then I I. (jg), " .i- transferred to the I SS Sal and in Ma) ol 1938, -.n > dut) in Washington, l).( . in the Office ,,l the i hief ,.i V.n.iI Operations, and ,- aide -it the Wliit, it..,].. In Vugual ..I 1940, he was transferred t o the I ml \ in London where he acted a- Special l Observer he also served on the Sufl ..I \ ice V.lmir.il K. I .1 while in England. Earlj in I ' M. ' Captain MacDonald was ordered to Bath, Maine, wl i iterative Officer on the destroyer i -~ ii BANNON, then bring commissioned. In Decemh iiiiii.,ii.I ..i the O ' BANNON participated in numerous . .. nip .,1-n-. among w hich were the capture and defense « > l Cuadaleanal. the Kennel island Operation, the consolidation of the Solomons. iti I V« i rgia, the Kula Cull action, the Kolom- uangara action, and the occupation " I Vella La Veils. During the period of his command " I the O ' BANNON. . aptain Mai Donald, then a full mander, was awarded the Navy i ross " itli Cold Star, the Legion " I Meril with Gold Star, the Silver Stai Medal with Gold Star, the Bronze Star Medal with Gold Star. His other decorations include the < roht di Guerre ol I the Belgian Order ol the I rown Rank ol Officer with palm and ■ mix de Guerre with Palm. In VprO of 1944, Commander MacDonald joined the -i..H ol Commander in-Chief, I- Itlantic Fleet, in Washington, D.C and from there went to the stafl .,1 unander I S Naval Forces, France. During the latter part ol 1945, Commander MacDonald served on tin- stafl ol the Supreme C mander, Ulied Expedi- tionary Force (Gen. Dwighl D. Eisenhower), and became Deputy Stafl to Commander 1 S Naval Forces. German) infallof 1945. In Washington again, Commander Mad Id Berved as Chid Support Section, Operati il Intelligence Branch, Office " I thi i ln. ' i " I Naval Operations, from Jul) 1946 to Ma) I ' MK when he assumed Coram I of the Presidential Yacht USS Williams- burg. He ' -a- promoted to the rank of Captain in Jul) of I9S0 and i I9S1 he reported to Norfolk, Virginia, to assume his present I ommand, I SS \l\Kul ETTE. I aptain and Mr-. MacDonald, the former Cecilia Vom Rath \ irginia at the present time- On -» September, 1952, Captain MacDonald «..- relieved as Commanding Mm iranr. ' to assume his nen duties. Captain \/.er ha- also had an interesting and period 1934-1948 he commanded three subs and two submarin xploits in the Pacific campaigns ol World War II earned him the V.vx C ,.,-t recent dut) has been as Officer-in-l harge ..t Reserve Officer Corps training at I I aptain \/er has Us., .laughter-, and I hex anil his wife are mi\ > li\ ing in Virginia ill, the 112 the daughter-. Pamela, i ynth Capl; d naval career; mi ders. Daring the-e IT) Cr„- and a SiK John B. icfa ol hi and Sandra, ar \zer. who had in Virginia Beach. from California to -.1 < > i that decoration. nal Island, I atifornii eh. \ irginia.
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