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USS APc-25

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Papa - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 15 August 1943) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

APc-1 Class Small Coastal Transport:
  • Originally planned as Coastal Minesweeper AMc-161
  • Laid down, 10 May 1942, at Fulton Ship Yard, Antioch, CA.
  • Launched in July 1942
  • Commissioned USS APc-25, 19 November 1942, LT John D. Cartano USNR in command
  • During World War II USS APc-25 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of the Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of the southern Solomons, 7 April 1943

  • In August 1943 USS APc-25 was at Guadalcanal in LT Dennis Mann's APc Division 25 comprised of APc-23 to APc-29
    On 13 August 1943 they were directed to take mail and cargo to American Forces at Enogai Harbor, New Georgia, and to evacuate casualties in company with LCT-325 and LCT-327. Their escorts were PT-154 under the command of LTJG Hamlin D. Smith, USNR, and PT-157 under LTJG William F. Liebenow, Jr., USNR. At this time and place all travel was at night. At about 2015 hours, prior to their departure, enemy aircraft appeared over Lunga Point. The transport USS John Penn (APA-23) was unloading supplies and was hit by an aerial torpedo and exploded. APc-25 was anchored about 750 yards away waiting for the LCTs and PTs to arrive so they could get underway for New Georgia. They responded to the John Penn, arriving in about 3 minutes, and proceeded to rescue about 100 passengers and crew members who had jumped into the oily, flaming waters to pull in badly injured survivors. A doctor and corpsmen who were aboard as passengers treated those they could. All the patients were sent ashore in LCVPs and the little convoy left at 2245 hours. On the night of 15 August 1943 the little flotilla came under air attack. The PTs protected their charges by zigzagging at high speed and making puffs of smoke to distract the attention of the enemy pilots but despite these efforts two sailors on the LCT-325 were wounded by bomb fragments.
  • After completing service in the Southwest Pacific Area USS APc-25 was assigned to:
    APc Flotilla Five, LT. G. D. Winsor USNR;
    APc Group Thirteen, LT. D. V. Horsburgh, USNR;
    APc Division Twenty-Five; LT Dennis Mann, USNR
  • Following World War II USS APc-25 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 September to 6 December 1945 
    8 December 1945 to 22 January 19468 December 1945 to 22 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 13 May 1946 at Seattle, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
  • USS APc-25 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in 1947
  • Sold, 23 January 1947 to Bryce Little, Coastal Trading Co..Juneau, AK. for use as a fishing boat, named FV Coastal Trader II
  • Acquired in 1950 by the Canadian Fishing Co., Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for use as a fishing boat, reflagged Canada, renamed FV Cape Scott
  • Acquired in 2006 by Cape Cross, Inc.,Horseshoe Bend, ID. for use as a fishing boat, reflagged U.S. renamed FV Cape Cross
  • Final Disposition, while anchored in Main Bay, Prince William Sound, she swung onto three sharp pinnacles and on the morning of 26 July 2010, rolled over 90 and sank
    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 Exeter DMG-6 Diesel engine
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D. C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 300shp

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    APc-25 125k USS APc-25 passing Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH-81033. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    There is no history record for USS APc-25 available at Navsource.
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Cartano, John D. USNR19 November 1942 - 24 November 1943
    02LTjg. O'Kelly, Alan Peter, USNR24 November 1943 - 4 April 1944
    03LTjg. Burdick, Eugene L., USNR4 April 1944 - 24 July 1944
    04LTjg. McCarley, Charles Robert, USNR24 July 1944 - 15 February 1945
    05LTjg. Evans, James Edward, USNR15 February 1945 - August 1945
    06LTjg. Arnold, J. W., USNRAugust 1945 - March 1946
    07ENS. Dundas, Paul B., USNRMarch 1946 - 13 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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