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Soldiers in Bunks on Army Transport, S.S. Pennant

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Soldiers in bunks on Army transport, S.S. Pennant, Port of Embarkation, San Francisco, California. The Steamship Pennant was a Danish ship seized by the United States after the declaration of war by Germany. The American government appealed to Danish seamen to stay at their posts when the ships were taken over by the United States . She was operated during the war by American President Lines, one of the largest private shipping companies in the world. S. S. Pennant was escorted by USS Patterson (DD-392) to Noumea, New Caledonia arriving on May 13, 1942. Here she is embarking enlisted men of the United States Army Air Corps. Later she carried occupation troops to Japan. Note the wooden frame at the top of the photo; this indicates the rough manner in which she was converted to a troopship. Senior personnel would often receive the top bunk, as during a storm the lower bunks would be showered with vomit. The higher bunks would have a greater roll during heavy seas.
Image Filename wwii1035.jpg
Image Size 1.75 MB
Image Dimensions 2352 x 2911
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed November 01, 1942
Location S. S. Pennant
City San Francisco
State or Province California
Country United States
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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