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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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:
|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"
Troop Capacity 66
Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
four single 20mm AA gun mounts
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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||Dry Dock # 2, Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 9 April 1943, with eight ships on blocks.
USS APc-18, and
US Navy Yard Charleston S.C. photo # 765-43.
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.
|01||ENS. Rodriguez, Jesse, USNR||15 January 1943 - September 1943|
|02||LTjg. Johnston Jr., Samuel Paul, USNR||September 1943 November 1944
|03||LTjg. Heckman, Henry Trevennen Shick, USNR||November 1944 - June 1945
|04||LTjg. Lester, John Robert, USNR||June 1945 - December 1946
|05||ENS. Morgan, Kenneth Henry, USNR||December 1946 - 1 March 1946
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 23 June 2017
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