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USS BELKNAP (DD-251 / AVD-8 / APD-34)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEZZ

Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Curtis Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy on July 31 1918.
Launched January 14 1919 and commissioned April 28 1919.
Converted to Sea Plane Tender AVD-8 August 2 1940.
Reclassified DD-251 December 1 1943.
Converted to High Speed Transport APD-34 June 22 1944.
Damaged beyond repair by Kamikaze in Lingayen Gulf January 11 1945.
Decommissioned August 4 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 and broken up for scrap.
7 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Belknap 43kMINSY 2848-44, Rear Admiral George Eugene Belknap was born in Newport, N.H., in 1832, George Eugene Belknap was appointed a Midshipman in 1847. He commanded Canonicus during the attacks on Fort Fisher, N.C., and Hartford during the Formosa Expedition of 1867. Appointed Rear Admiral 12 February 1889, he retired 22 January 1894. Rear Admiral Belknap died at Key West, Fla., 7 April 1903.Darryl Baker

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the

with her Embarked Planes and Escort Vessels constituting the Five Task Groups listed below for service as set forth in the following

"For outstanding performance in combat against enemy submarines in the Atlantic Area from April 20, 1943, to July 3, 1944. Carrying out powerful and sustained offensive action during a period of heavy German undersea concentrations threatening our uninterrupted flow of supplies to the European Theater of operations, the U.S.S. BOGUE, her embarked planes and her escorts tracked the enemy packs relentlessly and, by unwavering vigilance, persistent aggressiveness and perfect cooperation of all units involved, sank a notable number of hostile U-boats. The superb leadership of the BOGUE and the gallant spirit of the officers and men who fought her planes and manned her escort vessels were largely instrumental in forcing the complete withdrawal of enemy submarines from supply routes essential to the maintenance of our established military supremacy."

United States Ships Bogue, Lea, Greene, Belknap, Osmond Ingram, George E. Badger, and VC-9 from April 20 to June 20, 1943.
United States Ships Bogue, Osmond Ingram, George E. Badger, Clemson, and VC-9 from July 12 to August 23, 1943.
United States Ships Bogue, Osmond Ingram, George E. Badger, Clemson, Dupont and VC-19 from November 14 to December 29, 1943.
United States Ships Bogue, Haverfield, Swenning, Willis, Hobson (until March 25), Janssen (until April 7) and VC-95 from February 26 to April 19, 1944.
United States Ships Bogue, Haverfield, Swenning, Willis, Janssen, F. W. Robinson, and VC-69 from May 4 to July 3, 1944.

For the President,
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Belknap 183kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Belknap 163kNovember 15 1919, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
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Belknap   Belknap
Charleston, SC on July 27 1944 as the APD-34
Mike Mohl

USS BELKNAP DD-251 / AVD-8 / APD-34 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Lewis Wells Comstock    Aug 24 1919 - Jul 12 1920
CDR Thomas Withers Jr.    Jul 12 1920 - May 13 1922 (Later RADM)
CDR Edwin Armin Wolleson    May 13 1922 - ?
As AVD-8
LCDR Silas Bruce Moore    Aug 2 1940 - Sep 14 1941
LCDR Sylvius Gazze    Sep 14 1941 - Sep 21 1942
LCDR Doyle Murray Coffee    Sep 21 1 1942 - Jun 16 1943
LCDR John Edward Page    Jun 16 1943 - Aug 6 1943
LCDR Benjamin Thomas Brooks Jr.    Aug 6 1943 - Ju1 1 1944
LT Ralph Childs Jr.    Jul 1 1944 - Aug 4 1945
LT Joseph Corwin Hill     Jun 30 1945 - Aug 4 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource APD High-speed Transport Index
NavSource AVD Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) Index
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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