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USS Doyen (APA-1)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbons (retroactive, 11 August - 24 September 1943) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Doyen Class Transport:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as the Transport Doyen (AP-2), a Maritime Commission type (P1-S2-L2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 181) at Consolidated Steel Co. Los Angeles CA.
  • Launched, 9 July 1942
  • Redesignated Attack Transport (APA-1), 1 February 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 20 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS Doyen (APA-1), 22 May 1943, CDR. P. F. Dugan USN (23)in command
  • During World War II USS Doyen (APA-1) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eleven, COMO. D.W. Loomis USN (18);
    TransDiv Thirty-Two (flagship), CAPT. C.W. Weitzel and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation
    Assault and occupation of Tarawa, 20 November to 4 December 1943
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October and 18 November 1944
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 22 June 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 22 to 28 July 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 6 March 1945

  • Decommissioned, 22 March 1946
  • Stuck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • USS Doyen earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to Maritime Commission, 26 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson Rivier Group, Terrytown, N.Y.
  • Loaned, 15 May 1957, to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA.
  • Physically delivered, 24 October 1957
  • Renamed T.S. Bay State in December 1957
  • Loaned to the Maritime Administration, 28 February 1959, at Olympia, WA. to obtain parts
  • Returned to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 9 March 1959
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 23 January 1973, at Buzzards Bay, MA.
  • Final Disposition, sold at Buzzards Bay for conversion to a barge, 23 January 1974, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., (PD-X-970, dated 14 December 1973) for $90,421.33. Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, and delivered, 12 February 1974, to River Development Corp., Kearny, N.J.
    Displacement 4,351 t. 6,710 t.(fl)
    Length 414' 6"
    Beam 56'
    Draft 19'
    Speed19 kts.
    Officers - 36
    Enlisted - 436
    Troop Capacity
    Officers - 64
    Enlisted - 730
    Cargo Capacity 90,000 Cu. ft. non-refrigerated
    Largest Boom Capacity 15 t.
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 6,925 Bbls
    Diesel - 970 Bbls
    two Westinghouse turbines
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 450psi 765°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    two turbo-drive 500Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 8,000shp

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    USS Doyen (APA-1)
    Doyen 127k

    Charles A. Doyen, born in New Hampshire 3 September 1859, was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1881, later commissioned second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He organized and commanded the 5th Regiment in World War I, and in France took command of the 4th Brigade, composed of the 5th and 6th Regiments and the 6th Gun Battalion. His devoted service training this brigade broke his health, and he was forced to return to the United States, where he died 6 October 1918. But his brigade went on to win historic victories at Chateau Thierry and in Belleau Wood. Doyen's contribution to these victories was recognized by the posthumous award of the Distinguished Service Medal.
    Digital ID: ggbain 24696 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
    Bill Gonyo
    Doyen 33k USS Doyen (AP-2) launching, 9 July 1942, at Consolidated Steel Co. Los Angeles CA. Ron Reeves
    Doyen 40k USS Doyen (APA-1) underway, 7 June 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Stan Svec
    Doyen 71k USS Doyen (APA-1) underway, 7 June 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Stan Svec
    Doyen 74k USS Doyen (APA-1), newly completed underway off the California coast, 7 June 1943. Designed by the Maritime Commission without direct naval supervision, she was not sufficiently stable, and had to be modified before entering service.
    Text and US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst and Stan Svec
    Doyen 66k Aft view of USS Doyen (APA-1) showing her transom stern. She was designed with a stern slipway for launching an LCM(2) landing craft. By the time the ship had been completed, LCM(2) had been superseded by the larger LCM(3), and the slip was closed up to form a buoyancy space..
    Text and US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst and Stan Svec
    Doyen 41k USS Doyen (APA-1) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Doyen 33k USS Doyen (APA-1) at anchor, date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 32 Design 3D. US Navy photo
    T.S. Bay State
    Doyen 24k ex-USS Doyen (APA-1) in service as the Massachusetts Maritime Academy training ship TS Bay State moored pierside in her berth at the Academy. Mass. Maritime Academy
    Doyen 496k TS Bay State moored pierside in her berth at the Academy.
    Photo courtesy Mass. Maritime Academy
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Doyen 107k TS Bay State moored pierside in her berth at the Academy. Tommy Trampp

    USS Doyen (APA-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Dugan, Paul Fleming, USN (USNA 1923)22 May 1943 - 24 October 1943
    02CDR. McClaughry, John Glenn :RADM24 October 1943 - 24 March 1945
    03LCDR. Hogan, Daniel Edward USNR24 March 1945 - 28 September 1945
    04CDR. Phillips, George Lewis, USNR28 September 1945 - 22 October 1945
    04CDR. Lewis, Robert Paul, USNR22 October 1945 - 20 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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