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USS Lyon (AP-71)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Romeo - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Elizabeth C. Stanton Class Transport:
Laid down, 21 August 1939, as SS Mormactide, a Maritime Commission type (C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 66) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, LA.
Launched, 12 October 1940
Delivered, 10 March 1942 to Moore-McCormack Lines and placed in commercial service
Custody acquired by the US War Department, 8 August 1942
Acquired by the US Navy and transferred to Atlantic Basin Iron Works, Brooklyn, N.Y., for conversion, 13 September 1942
Commissioned USS Lyon (AP-71), 16 September 1942, CAPT. Martin J. Gillan in command
During World War II USS Lyon was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|North African occupation
Algeria, Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1942
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 30 April 1945
|Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943
|Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
|Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
Following World War II USS Lyon was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|15 October to 3 November 1945
|6 to 20 January 1946
Decommissioned, 3 May 1946, at New York, N.Y., returned to the Maritime Commission and subsequently returned to her owners, Moore-McCormack Lines
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Renamed SS Mormactide, she remained under the ownership of Moore-McCormack Lines until 1966, when she was Sold to Grace Lines in August 1966, renamed SS Santa Regina
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 January 1972, to Dah Yung Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Taiwan
USS Lyon received five battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 7,954 t.(lt) 14,909 t.(fl)
Length 491' 8"
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 26' 6" (lim)
Speed 18 kts.
Troop Capacity 1,981
Cargo Capacity 2,500 DWT
non-refrigerated 59,840 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 16,200 Bbls
one General Electric steam turbine
two Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi, 765°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
one Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
two turbo-drive 350Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 8,000shp
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Born 28 February 1797 in Buckland, Mass., Mary Lyon was a pioneer in women’s education in America. She founded Mount Holyoke Seminary, now Mount Holyoke College, in 1836. Miss Lyon died at the college 5 March 1849.
Photo from Mount Holyoke College
||USS Lyon (AP-71) off Norfolk Navy Yard, 7 October 1942. Note she has retained the seven pairs of kingposts that were fitted to her as a merchant ship and also of note is the 4"/50 gun at the stern on a platform just aft of and below the after pair of 3"/50 guns.
US National Archives photo #'s 19-N-35854, 19-N-35855 and 19-N-35856 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Lyon (AP-71) moored at US Army Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA. pier loading troops.
Official US Army photo produced by US Army Signal Corps, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, 20 October 1942. Photo now in the collections of the Library of Virginia. Image No. C1:2/01/025
|The Library of Virginia, US Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection
||USS Lyon (AP-71) in San Francisco Bay circa February 1946. She has lost the pairs of kingposts at the extreme bow and stern. Her armament is also gone, probably having been removed soon after the end of the war.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 77393
USS Lyon (AP-71)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. Gillan Jr., Martin Joseph||16 September 1942 - February 1943|
|02||CAPT. Sorensen, Thor C.||16 September 1944 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 19 July 2013
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