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USS APc-38

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Whiskey - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

APc-1 Class Small Coastal Transport:
  • Originally planned as a Coastal Minesweeper AMc-193
  • Laid down, 21 July 1942, at Anderson and Cristofani, San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 30 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS APc-38, 29 January 1943, LTjg. Charles W. Van Trease USNR in command
  • During World War II USS APc-38 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    APc Flotilla Five, LT. G. D. Winsor, USNR;
    APc Group Fourteen, LTjg. J. C. Dean, USNR;
    APc Division Twenty-Seven and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operation
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 1 July 1943

  • Decommissioned, 28 March 1946, at Seattle, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • USS APc-38 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 09 December 1946 to James Mastrogeorge, Pittsburgh., PA.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 100 t.(lt) 234 t.(fl) 234 t.(lim)
    Length 103'
    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 General Motors 8-268A Diesel engine
    Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gears
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D. C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 500shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo NH 96395
    119k USS APc-38 in San Francisco Bay, near her builder's yard, Anderson and Cristofani, San Francisco, CA., 15 February 1943, soon after commissioning. She is carrying the armament of four 20mm guns that became standard for her class.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #'s NH 96395, NH 98392 and NH 98391. Courtesy US Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD. Collection of James C Fahey.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo NH 96392
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo NH 96391

    There is no history available for USS APc-38 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Van Trease, Charles W., USNR29 January 1943 - August 1944
    02LTjg. McNair, John R., USNRAugust 1944 - November 1944
    03LT. Caraway Jr., James L., USNRNovember 1944 - January 1945
    04LTjg. Lovett, Linton R., USNRJanuary 1945 - August 1945
    05ENS. Jancsy, Henry P., USNRAugust 1945 - 28 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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