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USS John Land (AP-167)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Papa - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
La Salle Class Transport:
Laid down, 14 November 1942, as SS John Land a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 294) at Union Engineering Co., San Francisco, CA.
Launched, 22 January 1943
Assigned to Seas Shipping Co. under a General Service Agency Agreement, 23 August 1943
Converted for Navy service as a Naval Transport at United Engineering Co., San Francisco, CA.
Commissioned USS John Land (AP-167), 8 April 1944, at San Francisco, CA., CAPT. Frederick A. Graf in command
During World War II USS John Land was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
Leyte landings, 13 to 25 October and 14 November 1944
|Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 13 January 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 8 September to 14 October 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 9 to 16 March 1945
Following World War II USS John Land was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 3 September to 2 October 1945
Decommissioned, 5 August 1946, at Seattle, WA.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 6 August 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register in October 1946
USS John Land earned six battle stars for World War II service
Acquired by Waterman Steamship Corp., 2 September 1948, under a General Services Agency Agreement, renamed SS Jeff Davis
Sold by the Maritime Commission 29 September 1948, to the Waterman Steamship Co.
Resold to Ocean Carriers Inc., in April 1953, renamed SS Sea Comet (II)
Resold to Grace Line Inc. in August 1957, renamed SS Santa Regina
Resold to Farrell Lines Inc., 18 September 1961, renamed SS African Gulf
Resold to Liberty Navigation & Trading Co., Inc., 23 May 1963, renamed SS Norberto Capay
Resold to Galacia Steamship Co., 8 July 1968
Final Disposition, (US Marshalls sale) sold for scrapping at Kaohsiung, 18 March 1969
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 23' (lim)
Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
Cargo Capacity 2,100 DWT
non-refrigerated, 121,356 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 10,300 Bbls
Diesel 880 Bbls
one General Electric steam turbine
two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 6,000shp
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|USS John Land (AP-167)
||Church Call aboard USS John Land (AP-167) during the Philippines Campaign. The white haired man seated in the front row to the left of the Chaplin is President Sergio Osmena of the Philippines. President Osmena embarked on the 13 of October and waded ashore with General MacArthur at Leyte Gulf of 20 October 1944.
||USS John Land (AP-167) in San Francisco Bay, CA. in late 1945 or early 1946, she is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."
USN Navy photo #: NH 98730, donated to the US Naval Historic Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
|US Naval Historic Center
||USS John Land (AP-167) anchored in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-1946
USN Navy photo #: NH 83399, from the collections of the US Naval Historic Center, courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975.
|US Naval Historic Center
||Ex-USS John Land (AP-167) underway while in merchant service as SS Jeff Davis in the colors of a Waterman affiliate company, date and location unknown.
||Gerhard Mueller Debus
USS John Land (AP-167)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Graf, Frederic August||8 April 1944 - 24 April 1945|
|02||CAPT. Studabaker, David James||24 April 1945 - 5 August 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 10 February 2017
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