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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

APL-17 Class Non-self-propelled Barracks Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Tampa Marine, Tampa, FL.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the US Navy in November 1944 and placed in commission as USS APL-21
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • During the Vietnam War APL-21 was assigned Naval Support Activity, Saigon and participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July 1970 to 30 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Consolidation II
    1 December 1971 to 29 March 1972

  • Placed out of service and turned over to the South Vietnamese Navy, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,300 t.(lt), 2,600 t.(fl)
    Length 261'
    Beam 49'
    Draft 8' 6" (lim)
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 66
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 583
    As Built
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    two 80MM mortars
    four 30 cal machine guns on all corners of the 02 deck
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,000 Bbls

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    Tutuila 631k APL-21 alongside USS Tutuila (ARG-4) while tending PCFs circa 1969-1972 probably at An Thoi, South Vietnam, where she supported the continuation of "Market Time," as well as "Seafloat" and "Sealord" operations. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    APL-21 271k APL-21 anchored at An Thoi, Vietnam in 1969. William P. Jones, M.D. Medical Officer, USS Niagara Falls
    APL-30/APL-21 154k APL-30 and APL-21, at Nha Be, Republic of Vietnam, 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    APL-21 19k APL-21, date and place unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
    APL-21 102k APL-21, at Nha Be, Republic of Vietnam, 1972 © Richard Leonhardt
    APL-21 108k APL-21, at Nha Be, Republic of Vietnam, 1972 © Richard Leonhardt
    APL-21 119k APL-21, at Nha Be, Republic of Vietnam, 1972, Note fixed rudder welded to bow. © Richard Leonhardt

    There is no DANFS History currently available for APL-21 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Mobile Riverine Force Association

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