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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

APL-2 Class Non-self-propelled Barracks Ship:
  • Built by Nashville Bridge Co., Nashville, TN
  • Ordered, 18 November 1943
  • Laid down, 21 March 1944
  • Launched, 05 June 1944
  • Placed in service, 06 October 1944
  • During World War II APL-8 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Towed from New Orleans to Admiralty Islands with APL-17 by ATA-177, October-December 1944
  • Towed from Hollandia to Samar, 09-17 February 1945
  • At San Pedro Bay, PI, during May 1945
  • At Manila Bay, PI, during June 1945
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 02 July 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 06 November 1974
  • Placed in service as merchant barge MLC-261 (ON 580686), circa 1974
  • Final Disposition, unknown, still extant early 1990s
    Displacement 1,300 tons (lt), 2,660 tons (fl)
    Length 260.0' waterline, 261.2' overall
    Beam 49' 2"
    Draft 8' 6" (lim)
    Armament none
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 66
    Enlisted 583
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw, 450V A.C.
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,600 Bbls

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    APL-8 1278k APL-8 at anchor in Manila Bay, 19 June 1945. Note the Liberty Ship SS Washington Allston in the background, this ship carried troops and equipment to the Normandy beachhead in June 1944. Also note 63' ASR boat C-26662 alongside; this boat was built by Harbor Boat Building, Terminal Island, CA in 1944.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC-317150 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr

    There is no DANFS history currently available for APL-8 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    Last Updated 09 March 2016