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Dear Ms. Schipilow,
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According to the Navy, the USS General R. M. Blatchford (AP-153) was a General G. O. Squier-class transport ship for the U.S. Navy in World War II. She was named in honor of U.S. Army general Richard M. Blatchford. She was transferred to the U.S. Army as USAT General R. M. Blatchford in 1946. On 1 March 1950 she was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153).
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Deck Logs, 7/9/1949 - 12/31/1981 of the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) in the Records of Naval Operating Forces (Record Group 313) that includes deck logs of the USNS General R. M. Blatchford (T-AP-153) for August 1951 in Box 1096. The logs may include a passenger list. For access to these deck logs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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