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Lost to enemy torpedo attack, 12 November 1942, at Fedala Bay, Morocco
USS Edward Rutledge (APA-24)
USS Edward Rutledge (AP-52)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 12 November 1942)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Edward Rutledge Class Transport
Built in 1931 as SS Exeter at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 7 January 1942
Converted to a Naval Transport at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL.
Commissioned USS Edward Rutledge (AP-52), 18 April 1942. CAPT. Myron Wells Hutchinson, Jr., in command
During World War II USS Edward Rutledge was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign;
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
|North African occupation
Algerian-Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1942
Final Disposition, sunk by the German Submarine U-130 torpedo attack, 12 November 1942, at Fedhala Roads, Morocco
Struck from the Naval Register, 7 December 1942
USS Edward Rutledge earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 14,330 t.
Speed 16 kts.
Troop Accommodations unknown
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Propulsion steam turbine
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| Merchant Service
||SS Exeter underway, date and location unknown.
A Tribute to A Place Called Yorkship web site
| USS Edward Rutledge (AP-52)
Edward Rutledge born 23 November 1749 in Charleston, S.C., was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a statesman. At the time of his death 23 January 1800, he was Governor of South Carolina.
||USS Edward Rutledge (AP-52) underway, circa September 1942. She appears to have retained her merchant ship davits for
handling her landing craft. Her two forward 3"/50 guns are in elevated tubs forward, and she has a lattice radar mast over the bridge.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 54349, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||Diagram of USS Edward Rutledge (AP-52) showing probable flooding directly from damage sustained on 12 November 1942. Note the diagram identifies the ship as APA-24.
US Navy Department Library; War Damage Report No. 32, Transports torpedoed off Fedala, 11-15 November 1942.
USS Edward Rutledge (AP-52)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NAVSHIPS 32 (424) of 14 August 1943 "Transports Torpedoed off Fedala, 11 - 15 November 1942", Report of
Remembering World War II - The USS Edward Rutledge (AP52)
Last Updated 1 January 2015
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