Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton has announced his decision to name three strategic sealift ships after Army soldiers awarded the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor. These Large, Medium Speed, Roll-On/Roll-Off (LMSR) ships will be operated by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. They are:
Seay (T-AKR 302) honors Sgt. William W. Seay, USA, (1948-1968), awarded a Medal of Honor for gallantry in Vietnam on Aug. 25, 1968. Sgt. Seay was serving as a driver in a transportation company on a resupply mission near Ap Hi, Republic of Vietnam. Sgt. Seay, wounded from an enemy attack, returned a grenade thrown into his position. He then stood up and fired his rifle with his left hand, killing three enemy soldiers and saving the lives of the other men in his location. Sgt. Seay was then mortally wounded by a sniper.
Sisler (T-AKR 311) honors 1st Lt. George K. Sisler, USA, (1937-1967), awarded a Medal of Honor for gallantry while serving as a platoon leader/advisor to a Special United States/ Vietnam Exploitation Force. On Feb. 7, 1967, while on patrol deep in enemy territory, 1st Lt. Sisler's platoon was attacked from three sides by a company-sized enemy force. A single-handed charge by 1st Lt. Sisler, using rifle fire and grenades, halted the attack and forced the enemy to withdraw. He continued to move about the field, directing air strikes on enemy positions until he was mortally wounded.
- Dahl (T-AKR 312) honors Spec. 4th Class Larry G. Dahl, USA (1949-1971), awarded a Medal of Honor for gallantry while serving as a machine gunner on a truck in Vietnam on
- Feb. 23, 1971. When an enemy hand grenade was thrown into the truck occupied by Spec. Dahl, he covered the grenade without regard for his own life. His body absorbed the blast of the grenade and saved the lives of his fellow soldiers.
The T-AKR 300 Bob Hope Class LMSR ships will be the centerpiece of America's sealift power projection into the next century. LMSR's will replace smaller roll-on/roll-off ships currently being used to preposition the equipment for an Army brigade-sized task force. Ranging from approximately 907 to 956 feet in length, their roll-on/roll-off design makes them ideal for transporting Army tanks, trucks and other wheeled and tracked military vehicles. Each ship will provide between 300,000 and 390,000 square feet of cargo carrying space.