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USS Winged Arrow (AP-170)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Tango - Romeo
NDTR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)


La Salle Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 26 January 1943, as SS Winged Victory, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1156) at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 3 April 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy from the War Shipping Administration on 21 April 1944 and commissioned that same day as USS Winged Arrow (AP-170), CDR. John E. Shomier, in command
  • During WWII USS Winged Arrow was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 16 to 28 June 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 9 to 16 March 1945
    Tinian capture and occupation 21 to 28 July 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, June 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 11 to 12 January 1945
     

  • Following World War II USS Winged Arrow was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 to 16 December 19451 to 23 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 12 August 1946, at Seattle, WA. and transferred to the War Department
  • Commissioned USAT Winged Arrow, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 23 October 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Merchant Service
    Sold to Waterman SS Corp, at San Francisco, 18 October 1949, renamed SS Fairhope
    Wrecked in 1953, declared total loss
    Sold in February 1954, repaired and placed back in service, Panamanian flagged
    Reflagged US, 20 January 1959, renamed SS Green Bay
    Chartered by Central Gulf Steamship Corp, 20 November 1964
    Renamed SS Winged Arrow, 6 August 1965
    Wrecked in 1965
    Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 3 October 1965, at Mobile, for disposal
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 August 1970 to Union Minerals and Alloys, Corp, at Mobile, AL.
    Physically delivered, 16 September 1970
  • USS Winged Arrow earned five battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 12,200 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 9"
    Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 24
    Enlisted 252
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 71
    Enlisted 1,500
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,100 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 ca. dual purpose gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 19,300 Bbls
    Diesel 880 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three Turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Winged Arrow 91k USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) at anchor, date and place unknown. Barbara Tackett for her husband J. C. (Jake) Tackett, Cox. USNR, USS Winged Arrow
    Winged Arrow 114k USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) crew photo, possibly August 1944 at San Francisco, CA. Barbara Tackett for her husband J. C. (Jake) Tackett, Cox. USNR, USS Winged Arrow

    USS Winged Arrow (AP-170)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Shomier, John Edward21 April 1944 - 2 April 1945 (Hospital)
    02LCDR. Perkins, Benjamin Martin2 April 1945 - 12 August 1946 (XO Temp. Command)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) Crew Listing
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    Last Updated 6 September 2013