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USS APc-20

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Lima - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)- World War II Victory Medal

APc-1 Class Small Coastal Transport:
  • Originally planned as Coastal Minesweeper AMc-158
  • Laid down in 1942, at Hodgon Bros, Boatbuilding Co.
  • Launched in 1942
  • Commissioned USS APc-20, 15 January 1943, ENS. Jesse Rodriguez USNR in command
  • During World War II USS APc-20 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Supporting and consolidating operations designated by Command Seventh Fleet, 15 to 17 October, 30 October to 12 November and 28 November to 4 December 1943
    Finschhafen occupation, 5 December 1943 to 30 January 1944

  • Decommissioned, 1 March 1946 at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • USS APc-20 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration in 1947
  • Acquired in 1948 by the Foss Launch and Tug Co., Tacoma, WA. for use as a tugboat and named M/V Mary Foss
  • Acquired in 1950 by the Pacific Tow Boat Co., Seattle, WA. for use as a tugboat, renamed M/V Sea Monster
  • Renamed M/V Chena in 1966
  • Acquired in 1988 by King Crab, Inc., Kodiak, AK. for use as a fishing boat
  • Acquired in 1990 by Ocean Pride Alaska, Inc. for use as a fishing boat
  • Acquired in 1999 by George E. Johnson, Seattle, WA., for use as a fishing boat
  • Acquired in 2001 by Larry C. Nielson of Oregon City, OR. for use as a fishing boat
  • Acquired in 2002 by Alba Fisheries, Seattle, WA. for use as a fishing boat
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 100 t.(lt) 258 t.(fl)
    Length 103' 3"
    Beam 21' 3"
    Draft 9' 3"
    Speed 10kts.
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 22
    Troop Capacity 66
    Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 145 Bbls
    one Atlas 6HM2124 Diesel engine
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 400shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    APc-16 822k Dry Dock # 2, Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 9 April 1943, with eight ships on blocks.
    USS APc-16,
    USS APc-20,
    USS APc-6,
    USS APc-7,
    USS APc-8,
    USS APc-14,
    USS APc-18, and
    USS YAG-13,
    US Navy Yard Charleston S.C. photo # 765-43.
    Robert Hall
    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

    There is no DANFS history record for USS APc-20 available at Navsource.
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Rodriguez, Jesse, USNR15 January 1943 - September 1943
    02LTjg. Johnston Jr., Samuel Paul, USNRSeptember 1943 November 1944
    03LTjg. Heckman, Henry Trevennen Shick, USNRNovember 1944 - June 1945
    04LTjg. Lester, John Robert, USNRJune 1945 - December 1946
    05ENS. Morgan, Kenneth Henry, USNRDecember 1946 - 1 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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