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USS La Salle (AP-102)
USS Hotspur (AP-102) (1943)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Kilo - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, -19 Nov. 43 and 11-16 Apr. 45) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
La Salle Class Transport:
Laid down, 29 April 1942, as SS Hotspur, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 284) at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA.
Launched, 2 August 1942
Acquired from the Maritime Commission, 18 March 1943
Commissioned USS Hotspur (AP-102), 31 March 1943, CDR. Fred C. Fluegel in command
Renamed USS La Salle (AP-102), 6 April 1943
During World War II USS La Salle was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Gilbert Islands operation
Assault and occupation of Tarawa, 20 November to 2 December 1943
Leyte landings, 13 to 21 October and 19 to 29 November 1944
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 5 January 1945
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 24 June 1944
|Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, Angaur, 6 September to 14 October 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 to 15 April 1945
Following World War II USS La Salle was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|24 to 27 September 1945||
|10 to 13 November 1945||
|26 February to 26 March 1946||26 February to 13 March 1946
|17 to 28 May 1946||
Decommissioned, 24 July 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 25 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 20 August 1946
USS La Salle earned eight battle stars for WW II service
Leased to Waterman SS Corp., under a GAA agreement, 6 February 1948
Sold by the Maritime Commission, 18 August 1948, to Waterman SS Corp., named changed to SS Stonewall Jackson
Resold in June 1953 to Atlantic Carriers, Inc., renamed SS John C.
Final Disposition, wrecked, sold for scrapping, 11 December 1968, Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corp., Taiwan
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 25' 9"
Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
Cargo Capacity 1,875 DWT
non-refrigerated), 189,444 Cu. ft..
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 call dual purpose gun mounts
twelve single 20mm gun mounts
NSFO 10,950 Bbls
one General Electric steam turbine
two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||USS La Salle (AP-102) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
||USS La Salle (AP-102) in Lingayan Gulf, 9 January 1945, with the evacuation transport
USS Rixey (APH-3) in the left background, as seen from USS West Virginia (BB-48).
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-301859, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
||USS La Salle (AP-102) under way in San Francisco Bay between sometime in 1946 while making Magic Carpet voyage. This was the
only ship of the class with a pole instead of a lattice radar mast forward of the stack.
US Naval History and Heritage Command,
Photo # NH 77394, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Hotspur / USS La Salle (AP-102)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Fluegel, Fred Charles, USNR||31 March 1943 - 20 May 1945|
|02||CDR. Doar Jr., Elias M., USNR||20 May 1945 - 10 March 1946|
|03||CAPT. Hoffheins Jr., William Lennart, USN (USNA 1923)||10 March 1946 - 28 June 1946|
|04||CAPT. Bolton, Cliff Leonard, USNR||28 June 1946 - 3 July 1946|
|05||CDR. Sapp, Clyde Cecil, USN||3 July 1946 - 24 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 7 September 2018
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