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Lost to enemy action, (torpedo attack) 8 November 1942, near Cape Matifou, Algiers

USS Leedstown (AP-73)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6-7 November 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Heart Medal (crew members wounded or KIA, 6-7 November 1943)

Leedstown Class Transport:
  • Built in 1933 as SS Santa Lucia at Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. Kearny, N.J.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 6 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS Leedstown (AP-73), 24 September 1942. LCDR. Duncan Cook in command
  • During World War II USS Leedstown (AP-73) was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operation, 8 November 1942

  • Final Disposition, hit by enemy torpedo, possibly from U-331, and sunk, 8 November 1942, near Cape Matifou, Algiers
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 December 1942
  • USS Leedstown was awarded one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,600 t.(lt) 9,135 t.(fl)
    Length 484'
    Beam 72'
    Draft 26'
    Speed 18 kts.
    Troop Accommodations 2,505
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion system unknown

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    Leedstown 91k USS Leedstown (AP-73) off New York Navy Yard, 12 September 1942. Note the large number of LCM, LCVP and LCP landing craft carried by this transport.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-34061 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Leedstown 56k USS Leedstown (AP-73) off New York Navy Yard, 12 September 1942.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-34062 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Leedstown 60k USS Leedstown (AP-73) off New York Navy Yard, 12 September 1942.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-34063 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Leedstown 93k USS Leedstown (AP-73) off New York Navy Yard, 12 September 1942. Note the tug following Leedstown and the crowd of shipping in New York Harbor.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-34064 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Leedstown 55k USS Leedstown (AP-73) off New York Navy Yard, 12 September 1942. Note the tugs accompanying Leedstown.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-34065 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Leedstown (AP-73)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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