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USS Barnett (APA-5)
USS Barnett (AP-11) (1940 - 1943)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation (7) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

McCawley Class Transport
  • Built in 1928 at Furness Ship Building Co., Haverton Hill-on-Tees, England, as the passenger steamer SS Santa Maria
  • Launched in 1928
  • Delivered to her owners Grace Steamship Co.(Grace Lines), date unknown
  • Purchased by the US Navy in August 1940, from Grace LInes
  • Converted for naval service at Todd-Shipyards, Corp., Hoboken, N.J.
  • Commissioned USS Barnett (AP-11), 25 September 1940, at New York Navy Yard, CAPT. Lyell S. Pamperin USN in command
  • During World War II USS Barnett was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings, 7 to 9 August 1942 Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943
    Capture and defense of Guadalcanal, 9 August to 28 November 1942 Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
      Invasion of Southern France, 13 August 1944

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Barnett came under the command of
    TransRon Ten, CAPT. B. Bartlett USN (22);
    TransDiv One
  • Reclassified Attack Transport (APA-5), 1 February 1943
  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1946, at Newport, RI
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 21 May 1946
  • USS Barnett earned seven battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 3 July 1946, for disposal at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Sold, 25 February 1948 to M.S. Surrimento S.P.A. (Achille Lauro Ltd.), (PD-X-420) for $613,000.00, Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 13 April 1948, reflagged Italian, renamed SS Achille Lauro I
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at La Spezia, Italy, September 1966
    Displacement 9.750 t.(lt) 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 486' 6"
    Beam 63' 9"
    Draft 25' 4"
    Speed 15 kts.
    Officers 41
    Enlisted 437
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 99
    Enlisted 1,392
    twenty-seven 30' LCVP
    two LCM(2)
    two 26' motor whaleboats
    one 40' motor whaleboat
    Cargo Capacity 1,700 DWT
    non-refrigerated 130,000 Cu. ft.
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight .50 Cal. Machine Guns
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 9,570 Bbls.
    two Busch-Sulzer Diesel engines
    Ship's Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 270Kw 220V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240 D.C.
    two propellers, 8,000shp

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    USS Barnett (AP-11)
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    George Barnett--born on 9 December 1859 at Lancaster, Wis.--entered the Naval Academy in June 1877 and graduated in 1881. Following two years of sea service as a naval cadet, he was appointed a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps on 1 July 1883. After duty at various marine barracks on the east coast, as well as three years in Alaskan waters on board Pinta, he advanced to first lieutenant in September 1890 while serving in the steam sloop-of-war Iroquois. Lt. Barnett then served at the Marine Barracks at the Washington Navy Yard until June 1896 when he went on board the receiving ship Vermont in New York City. He reported to San Francisco in December 1897 for sea duty and then transferred to the protected cruiser New Orleans the following April, just in time for service in the Spanish-American War. Barnett's ship joined the Flying Squadron off Santiago de Cuba on 30 May, bombarded the harbor batteries on 6 and 16 June, and captured the French blockade runner Olinde Rodrigues on 17 July. Promoted to captain on 11 August 1898, he transferred to the protected cruiser Chicago in November of that year, serving in that ship during cruises to the Caribbean, the south Atlantic, and European waters. Capt. Barnett came ashore for duty at Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in May 1901. Promoted to major shortly thereafter, Barnett next took command of a battalion that embarked in the auxiliary cruiser Panther in September 1902. The warship sailed to the Caribbean that month, where Barnett's battalion landed to guard the railway transit of the Isthmus of Panama. In January 1903, he took command of another battalion guarding naval facilities in the Manila Bay area of the Philippines. While there, Barnett also served in several ships of the Asiatic Fleet. Returning to Washington in April 1905, Maj. Barnett advanced to lieutenant colonel and served as the commanding officer of the Washington Navy Yard Marine Barracks for the next year. When civil war threatened in Cuba in mid-1906, Barnett took command of an expeexpeditionary battalion, later growing to a regiment, in September. Transported to Havana on board the cruiser Minneapolis, Barnett's force soon moved to Cienfuegos, where it deployed to occupy the towns of western and central Cuba. A large Army force relieved the marines in November, and Barnett returned to Washington in November 1906. After commanding the Marine Barracks for a year, Lt. Col. Barnett took over the 100-man Marine Corps detachment at the American Legation in Peking, China, arriving there in early 1908. He returned to the United States during the summer of 1910 and assumed command of the Philadelphia Marine Barracks, in which billet he received his promotion to colonel on 11 October. Over the next three years, Col. Barnett made repeated deployments to Cuba, in command of the 1st Marines, in order to quell serious domestic disturbances on the island. The most serious of these expeditions took place in 1912, when Barnett took the 1st Marines to Guantanamo Bay on 28 May. Most of the marines returned to the United States by early August. Appointed to a four-year detail as Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps on 21 February 1914, Barnett led the Corps during a time of unprecedented activity and expansion. He worked hard to draw the Marine Corps into closer and more cordial relations with the Navy, directed several important expeditions to countries in the Caribbean, and administered the Marine Corps through its great expansion during World War I. In April 1914, when American forces landed at Veracruz, Mexico, Barnett sent a reinforced brigade of marines to that city. He also stationed an expeditionary force off the west coast of Mexico later that year. When civil wars broke out in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 1915, Barnett placed a full brigade of marines in each of these countries to maintain order and keep the peace. Barnett also guided the Marine Corps as it expanded to 3,000 officers and 75,500 enlisted men during World War I--building training centers in Virginia and South Carolina, sending reinforcements to regular marine stations, and dispatching two Marine brigades to France. Made brigadier general on 29 August 1916, Barnett not only shepherded the Marine Corps through its wartime activities, but also through the difficult period of demobilization and reorganization at the close of the war in late 1918. For his outstanding service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the Secretary of the Navy. Relieved as Commandant of the Marine Corps on 1 July 1920, he was given the rank of major general on 5 March 1921. Major General Barnett served the remaining years of active service as Commanding General of the Department of the Pacific. He retired on 9 December 1923 and died on 27 April 1930. Major General Barnett was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
    Photo: USMC History Division
    Bill Gonyo
    Barnett 114k USS Barnett (AP-11) underway with flags, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Jim Kurrasch
    Battleship Iowa Pacific Battleship Center
    Barnett 84k USS Barnett (AP-11) off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 30 March 1941. Note the external degaussing cables installed on this ship's hull, and the davits for landing craft on her superstructure sides.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-23945, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Barnett 75k USS Barnett (AP-11) off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 30 March 1941.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-23943, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Barnett 94k USS Barnett (AP-11) off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 30 March 1941.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-23944, a US Navy photo Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Barnett 101k USS Barnett (AP-11) off Norfolk Navy Yard, 18 December 1941. The ship has received additional modifications, most notably four new boat davits on each side, each serving two landing craft. Note her single 5"/51 gun and two 3"/50 guns aft, all with splinter protection.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-26506 a Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Barnett 116k USS Barnett (AP-11), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo. Courtesy "The Floating Drydock"
    Frank Harmon
    USS Barnett (APA-5)
    Barnett 77k Port side view of USS Barnett (APA-5) class camouflage Measure 32 Design 14T.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Barnett 113k After conversion to an Attack Transport USS Barnett (APA-5) departed San Diego, 19 February 1943, enroute to Norfolk, VA. for additional repairs. The four double boat davits fitted on each side in late 1941 have been replaced by three triple Welin davits on each side. The 5"/51 gun aft has been removed and two 40-mm twin mounts have been fitted, one forward and one aft. The nearest ship in the background is probably USS Alcyone (AKA-7).
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-84663, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Barnett 120k USS Barnett (APA-5) departing San Diego, 19 February 1943, enroute to Norfolk, VA. for additional repairs.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Barnett 88k USS Barnett (APA-5) in convoy, her decks crowded with troops bound for Attu in the Aleutian Islands, 27 May 1943.
    US Navy photo from AP Wirephoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    322k USS Barnett (APA-5), Operation Husky, the Allied Invasion of Sicily, Gela Landings, "Dime" beaches, 10-12 July 1943.
    TimeLife_image_116108620, by J. R. Eyerman. Life Magazine. For personal non-commercial use only.
    David Upton
    Tommy Trampp
    Barnett 94k USS Barnett (APA-5) off the Norfolk Navy Yard, 14 December 1944. Note the configuration of the armament aft as modified in early 1943, with a twin 40-mm mount on the centerline in place of the 5-inch gun and its director between the 3-inch guns. The triple Welin davits appear to be holding their full complement of landing craft.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # Unknown a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Barnett 139k USS Barnett (APA-5) off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 14 December 1944.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo. Courtesy "The Floating Drydock"
    Frank Harmon
    Barnett 53k Two of USS Barnett (APA-5)'s LCVPs - loaded with troops for the invasion beaches.
    US Navy photo
    Scott Dyben
    Barnett 79k USS Barnett (APA-5) with LCVPs around her. During the Normandy landings Barnett carried troops of 4th Infantry Division to Utah Beach.
    US Navy photo. Photos and text scanned from "D-Day In Photographs by Portsmouth City Council", The History Press. ISBN 978 7524 7479 3.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Barnett (AP-11 / APA-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Pamperin, Lyell St. Louis, USN (USNA 1911)25 September 1940 - 13 November 1940
    02CAPT. Ashe, George Bamford, USN (USNA 1911)13 November 1940 - 10 May 1941AP-11
    03LCDR. Pomeroy, Joseph George, USN (XO in Charge))10 May 1941 - 16 June 1941AP-11
    04CAPT. Phillips, Wallace Benjamin, USN (USNA 1911)16 June 1941 - 20 June 1942AP-11
    05CAPT. Thornhill, Henry Ehrman, USN (USNA 1918)20 June 1942 - 20 December 1942AP-11
    06CAPT. Bailey, Carlos Augustus, USN (USNA 1911)20 December 1942 - 12 March 1943AP-11 / APA-5
    07CAPT. Maynard, George Elmer, USN :RADM12 March 1943 - 1 March 1944APA-5
    08CAPT. Reynolds, Steward Shirley, USN1 March 1944 - 26 April 1945APA-5
    09CDR. McCarty, William Penn, USN (USNA 1923)26 April 1945 - March 1946APA-5
    10LCDR. Collins, William T. USNRMarch 1946 - 30 April 1946APA-5
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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