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USS Gordonia (AF-43)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Adria Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down in September 1944 as MV Whale Knot, a Maritime Commission type (R1-M-AV3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 2205) hull at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc, Beaumont, TX.
  • Launched, 30 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Gordonia (AF-43), 14 May 1945, at Galveston, TX., Lt. Irv V. Chapman Jr. in command
  • During World War II USS Gordonia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Gordonia was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 January to 11 February 1946 2 January to 11 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 8 July 1946, at San Francisco, CA., and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day
  • Renamed MV Whale Knot and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • Operated commercially by the Matson Navigation Company during 1946-1948
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration
  • Transferred to the US Army Transportation Command
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., in early 1949
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Taiwan, 9 November 1973, to the China Trade and Development Corp., delivered 17 December 1973, scrapped in 1974
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,139 t.(lt) 7,435 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 18'
    Speed 11.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 74
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,170 DWT
    Non-refrigerated - 47,610 Cu ft
    Refrigerated - 114,580 Cu ft
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity - Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM engine
    three 250Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp

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    Gordonia 498k USS Gordonia (AF-43) moored pierside, Naval Supply Depot Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines, May 1946. Submitted by James P. Thomas for his father
    LTjg. Clifford P. Assad USS Gordonia
    Gordonia 449k USS Gordonia (AF-43) crew photo while moored pierside, Naval Supply Depot Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines, May 1946. Submitted by James P. Thomas for his father
    LTjg. Clifford P. Assad USS Gordonia
    Gordonia 78k USS Gordonia (AF-43) underway in San Francisco Bay, CA., circa 1945-1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 82185 Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Gordonia (AF-43)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Chapman Jr., Ira V.14 May 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Gordonia, First Anniversary History
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    Last Updated 20 December 2013