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USS Cape Johnson (AP-172)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Sierra - India
NDSI
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)


Cape Johnson Class Transport::
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-B) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 507), at Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 20 February 1943
  • Converted for Naval use at Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Cape Johnson (AP-172), 1 June l944, CDR. Louis C. Farley, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cape Johnson was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 14 and 15 November 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 5 March 1945

  • Following WWII USS Cape Johnson was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 10 September to 2 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 25 July 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia WA. Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 June 1963, to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, OR.
  • USS Cape Johnson received two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,668 t.(lt) 12,930 t.(fl)
    Length 417' 9"
    Beam 60'
    Draft 22' 3" (limiting)
    Speed 14.7 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 32
    Enlisted 339
    Troop Accommodation
    Officers 65
    Enlisted 1,375
    Largest Boom Capacity 40 t.
    Cargo Capacity 900 t.
    non-refrigerated 75,044 (cu.ft.)
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 40mm anti-aircraft gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,150 Bbls
    Diesel 360 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse steam turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators, three 300Kw, 120/240v D.C.
    single propeller, 4,000shp

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    Cape Johnson 76k USS Cape Johnson (AP-172) underway in San Francisco Bay, 18 May 1945, after repairs at the U.S. Naval Drydocks, Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA. Alterations made during the repair period are circled.
    US Navy photo # NH 98652 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Cape Johnson 72k USS Cape Johnson (AP-172) underway in San Francisco Bay, 18 May 1945, after repairs at the U.S. Naval Drydocks, Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA. Alterations made during the repair period are circled.
    US Navy photo # NH 98653 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Cape Johnson 78k USS Cape Johnson (AP-172) underway in San Francisco Bay, in late 1945 or early 1946. She is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."
    US Navy photo # NH 98708. Photo donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Cape Johnson 57k USS Cape Johnson (AP-172) underway in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 83401. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Cape Johnson 37k USS Cape Johnson (AP-172) underway during, Operation Magic Carpet, circa 1946 LST Home Port web site

    USS Cape Johnson (AP-172)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Farley, Louis Calott USNR1 June 1944 - May 1945
    02CDR. Hess, Harry HammondMay1945 - 9 August 1945
    03CDR. Hicks, Douglas Murray9 August 1945 - 3 January 1946
    04CAPT. Blair, Leon Nelson :RADM3 January 1946 - 25 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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