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USNS General William O. Darby (AP-127/T-AP-127)

aka: USS Admiral W. S. Sims (AP-127)
aka: USAT General William O. Darby (AP-127, IX-510)
The USNS General William O. Darby was an Admiral W. S. Benson–class transport vessel initially named after a naval leader but renamed after a Fort Smith (Sebastian County) war hero after it was turned over to the U.S. Army. The vessel was first named for William S. Sims, a Canadian-born sailor whose thirty-seven-year career after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, culminated in commanding the U.S. Navy’s activities around Great Britain during World War I. He died in 1936. The keel for the USS Admiral W. S. Sims was laid down on June 15, 1944, at the Bethlehem-Alameda Shipbuilding Corporation at Alameda, California. The ship was christened by Anne Hitchcock Sims, the admiral’s widow. The 9,676-ton Sims …