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USS Calvert (APA-32)
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USS Calvert (AP-65) (1942 - 1943)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from left to right, top to bottom
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Taiwan Straits, 2-Quemoy-Matsu, 1-Vietnam, 1 Laos) - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Fifth Row - Philippine Liberation Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Crescent City Class Transport:
  • Laid down as SS Del Orleans, a Maritime Commission type (C3-Delta) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 151) for Mississippi Shipping Co., at Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 19 September 1942
  • Acquired by the Navy, 30 September 1942
  • Commissioned, 1 October 1942, as USS Calvert (AP-65), CAPT. Donald W. Loomis USN in command
  • Reclassified Attack Transport (APA-32), 1 February 1943
  • During WWII USS Calvert was initially assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East and subsequently to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Seventeen (flagship), COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20);
    TransDiv Fifty, CAPT. R.W. Abbot USN (20) and participated in the following campaigns:

    European Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    San, French Morocco, 8 to 11 November 1942
    Gilbert Islands operation
    Makin Island, 20 November to 2 December 1943
    Sicilian occupation, Scoglitti, 9 to 15 July 1943 Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 February to 2 March 1944
      Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 28 July 1944
      Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944
      Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944 and 18 November 1944
      Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS Calvert was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    16 September to 7 November 194520 March to 10 April 1946
    2 to 4 January 19466 to 13 August 1951
    17 to 19 March 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1947, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 18 October 1950
  • During the Korean War USS Calvert participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    30 November 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    1 to 4 and 12 to 19 December 1952
    31 January 1953
    13 to 15 and 21 February 1953
    14 to 19 March 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Calvert participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    23 to 26 November 1965
    24 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 December 1965 to 19 January 1966

  • Decommissioned at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard San Francisco, 18 May 1966
  • Moved to Naval Supply Center, Oakland, Traffic Management School for use as a training hulk until 1976
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1966
  • Sold for scrapping, 14 February 1977, to Levin Metals Corp, San Jose, CA.
  • Broken up for scrapped at Levins Metals Corp ship breaking facility, Richmond, CA.
  • USS Calvert earned eight battle stars for World War II service, two battle stars for Korean War service and two campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,889 t,(lt), 14,247 t (fl)
    Length 491'
    Beam 65' 6"
    Draft 25' 8"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement
    48 officers
    510 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    92 Officers
    1,191 Enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 2,700 t. DWT
    non-refrigerated 130, 000 cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Oil Capacities
    NSFO 12,925 Bbls
    Diesel 450 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three Ships Service Generators, 350Kw, 240V. D.C.
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    single propeller, 7,800shp

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    USS Calvert (AP-65)
    Calvert 82k Calvert (AP-65) underway on trials near Baltimore, MD. off Sparrows Point, 30 September 1942 prior to being commissioned. Note the plain appearance of the ship as initially converted, with no raised gun positions forward, the two 3"/50 guns there being on deck, and a single level position aft for the two 3"/50 guns there. The gun on the stern is a 5"/38 dual purpose weapon.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-35762 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    USS Calvert (APA-32)
    Calvert 86k Calvert (APA-32) off Norfolk Navy Yard, 17 August 1943. As a result of the addition of two twin 40mm twin mounts in 1943, this ship received a two level structure on the bow with one 3"/50 gun (the other forward 3"/50 was deleted) and one twin 40mm mount, and acquired an even taller three level structure aft with a twin 40mm mount on top, some 20mm guns in the middle, and two 3"/50 guns on the bottom. The original 5"/38 gun remains on the stern.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-53214 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Calvert 106k USS Calvert (APA-32) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy
    Stan Svec
    Calvert 48k USS Calvert (APA-32) underway, date and location unknown Earlie Scott RMC USN (Ret)
    Calvert 84k USS Calvert (APA-32) at anchor, Yokohama, Japan, 5 November 1945.
    US Navy
    Greg Hook for his uncle Wilson J. Hill RM3/c
    Calvert 65k USS Calvert (APA-32) at Nagoya, Japan in 1953. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Calvert 84k USS Calvert (APA-32) underway, date and location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1958-59 Edition, courtesy Ted Stone. Robert Hurst
    Calvert 40k USS Calvert (APA-32) underway, date and location unknown,
    US Navy photo
     
    Calvert 118k Calvert (APA-32) on maneuvers during a 16-18 December 1963 visit by Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze to the West Coast. Her configuration appears roughly similar to that of USS Bayfield (APA-33) in 1952, with a signal mast and an additional level on the lower command deckhouse.
    US Navy photo # KN-8765, courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    Calvert 268k USS Calvert (APA-32) at anchor Chinhae, South Korea, 1964.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Calvert 85k USS Calvert (APA-32) outbound to sea from San Diego, CA., date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Calvert 78k USS Calvert (APA-32) underway off San Diego, CA., date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Calvert (APA-32) Memorabilia
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    Calvert
    Welcome Aboard Cover
    Calvert
    Commanding Officer's Welcome
    Calvert
    Calvert History
    Calvert
    Calvert underway


    For more photos and information about USS Calvert, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Calvert
  • Commanding Officers

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

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