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Lost to enemy action, 17 December 1943

USS APc-21

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (17 December 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

APc-1 Class Small Coastal Transport
  • Originally planned as a Coastal Minesweeper AMc-173
  • Laid down, 24 May 1942, at Hodgdon Brothers, Goudy and Stevens, East Boothbay, ME.
  • Launched, 2 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS APc-21, 25 February 1943, LT. William N. Vlachos USNR in command
  • During World War II USS APc-21 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Lae occupation, 8 to 12 September 1943
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Arawe, New Britain, 15 to 17 December 1943

  • Lost to enemy air attack at Arawe, New Georgia, 17 December 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS APc-21 earned two battle stars for WWII service
    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 Atlas 6HM2124 Diesel engine
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D. C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 400shp

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    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Vlachos, William N., USNR25 February 1943 - December 1943
    02LTjg. Bates, William J., USNRDecember 1943 - 17 December 1943
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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