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USS Rochambeau (AP-63)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Golf - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Rochambeau Class Transport:
  • Built in 1933 as Maréchal Joffre at Societe Provencals de Constructions Navales, La Ciotat, France for the Societe des Services Contractuels des Messageries Maritimes
  • Manned by the Free French after the fall of France in 1940
  • Taken over by the Maritime Commission, 20 April 1942, at San Francisco, CA., and transferred to the US Navy
  • Commissioned, 27 April 1942
  • Renamed and designated USS Rochambeau (AP-63), 29 April 1942, LT. Thomas Glover Warfield in command
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the Maritime Commission, 17 March 1945
  • Returned to French custody, renamed Maréchal Joffre
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 14,242 t.
    Length 470' 10"
    Beam 63' 11"
    Draft 26'
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement 381
    Troop Accommodations 303
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    eight 1.1" AA guns, replaced with eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion Diesel
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    USS Rochambeau (AP-63)
    Rochambeau 154k USS Rochambeau (AP-63) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 2 October 1942 following conversion for naval service. This view shows some features added during conversion and the distinctive rectangular smokestacks favored by her French owner, the Messageries Maritimes line, for its diesel-propelled liners.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-35938 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Rochambeau 100k USS Rochambeau (AP-63) near the Mare Island Navy Yard, 5 October 1942 after completing conversion for naval service.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-35948 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Rochambeau 99k
    Rochambeau 59k USS Rochambeau (AP-63) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1947
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Merchant Service
    Rochambeau 127k Ex-USS Rochambeau (AP-63) in service as MS Maréchal Joffre after being reconverted for civilian use and modernized in 1951.
    Photo courtesy
    Mike Green
    Rochambeau 7k Ex-Rochambeau (AP-63) being operated for the WSA by the French Government as MS Maréchal Joffre to transport US troops from Europe to the US after the war. Note the extra life rafts along her starboard side. Gunter Krebs

    USS Rochambeau (AP-63)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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