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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Charlie - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
APc-1 Class Small Coastal Transport
Originally planned as Coastal Minesweeper AMc-168
Laid down, 10 June 1942, at Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, R.I.
Launched, 1 September 1942
Commissioned USS APc-5, 1 December 1942, LTjg. Hillary, Holihan Jr. USNR in command
During World War II USS APc-5 was assigned to the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations
Decommissioned, 28 January 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in 1947
Acquired in 1947 by Gilbert A. Hunter, Eureka, CA, for use as a whaling vessel, named MV Dennis Gayle,
International Radio Call Sign: KPEK (Kilo - Papa - Echo - Kilo)
Acquired in 1964 by Hunters Offshore Enterprises, Inc., Empire, OR.
Converted to a fishing trawler for the Eureka Fisheries. Hunter Enterprises in the 1970s
Acquired in 2007 by Stanwood A. Murphy, Jr.. Fortuna, CA. for use a a yacht
Acquired in 2009 by Matthew Maurice of San Diego
Sold in 2015 to Woody Murphy of Humboldt Bay Forest Products
Final Disposition, sunk at her mooring, 28 February 2016, in Humboldt Bay at Fields Landing CA.
Displacement 100 t.(lt) 234 t.(fl) 258 t.(lim)
Length 103' 3"
Beam 21' 3"
Draft 9' 3"
Troop Capacity 66
Largest Boom Capacity 2 t.
four single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel 145 Bbls
one National Supply Corp. MML-6 Diesel engine
two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D. C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 300shp
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USS APc-20 nested together in an anchorage in the Solomon Islands, 1944.
||Ash Family Trust 2017 - Neal Ash for his grandfather Stanley Ash, Boatswain Mate USS APc-1
||MV Dennis Gayle moored to a dock in Humboldt Bay at Fields Landing, CA., date unknown
There is no DANFS history available for USS APc-5 at NavSource
|01||LTjg. Holihan Jr., Hillary, USNR||1 December 1942 - March 1943|
|02||LTjg. Fike Jr., Glenn S., USNR||March 1943 - September 1944
|03||LTjg. Benjamin Jr., Francis S., USNR||September 1944 - December 1944
|04||LTjg. Allen, Ralph William, USNR||December 1944 - June 1945
|05||LTjg. Dempster, Richard Allen, USNR||June 1945 - December 1945
|06||LTjg. Taylor III. Robert N., USNR||December 1945 - 28 January 1946
|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
"North Coast Journal", 24 March 2016, article - That Sinking Feeling - The effort to keep Humboldt Bay's
derelict boats from going under
MV Dennis Gayle Response
Last Updated 23 February 2018
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