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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"
    Speed 10kts.
    3 officers
    22 enlisted
    Troop Capacity 66
    Largest Boom Capacity 2 t.
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    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-5
    APc-1 92k USS APc-1, USS APc-3, USS APc-22, USS APc-5, 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
    Commercial Service
    APc-5 46k 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
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Holihan Jr., Hillary, USNR1 December 1942 - March 1943
    02LTjg. Fike Jr., Glenn S., USNRMarch 1943 - September 1944
    03LTjg. Benjamin Jr., Francis S., USNRSeptember 1944 - December 1944
    04LTjg. Allen, Ralph William, USNRDecember 1944 - June 1945
    05LTjg. Dempster, Richard Allen, USNRJune 1945 - December 1945
    06LTjg. Taylor III. Robert N., USNRDecember 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
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    Last Updated 23 February 2018