Crossing the Pacific
on board the U.S.M.S.T.S. General E. T. Collins
The Domain of the Golden Dragon
You can almost feel lunch coming up.
The Crossing to Korea was on board the U.S.M.S.T.S. General E. T. Collins. "The Collins was built on what's called a C-4 hull. Originally intended for cargo, it was later modified by using the cargo hold as troop quarters. As troop carriers there was two types, the C-4 like the Collins, and the second type was called a P-2 which resembled a conventional ocean liner" said Jack Hensley a sailor on the Collins. Jack also pointed out to me that "the Collins and Black (see "Going Home on the Gen. Black" at the bottom of the page) were NOT USNS ships, they were U.S.M.S.T.S. ships (United States Military Sea Transportation Service) They were operated by civilian crews and even the ships' officers were civilians (though most had Naval Reserve commissions.) To learn a little more about the Collins and Jack Hensley, visit
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She left Seattle Washington in late March of 1953 for Yokohama Japan. By April 2nd the Collins was 2000 miles out and by April 5th she had crossed the 180th Meridian and the Domain of the Golden Dragon (the International Date Line). All on board were issued the special certificate above. Easter was spent onboard the Collins. The Collins arrived at the Yokahama Japan and the troops were sent to Camp Drake, then again by boat to the port of Inchon, South Korea.
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