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USS Callaway (APA-35)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Victor - Bravo
NYVB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom. left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 8 January 1945)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (29 KIA-killed in action, 22 WIA-wounded in action, 8 January 1945


USS Callaway (APA-35) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 10 June 1943, as SS Sea Mink, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 270) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 10 October 1942
  • Assigned to the Navy as Naval Transport, (AP-80)
  • Redesigned Attack Transport (APA-35)
  • Acquired by the Navy and placed in commission as USS Callaway (APA-35), 24 April 1943, CAPT. Donald C. McNeil, USCG, in command
  • During WWII USS Callaway was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eleven (flagship), COMO. D. W. Loomis USN (18)
    Trans Div Thirty-Three, CAPT. S. M. Haight USN (18) and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 22 October 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 8 January 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operations
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - Angaur, 17 September 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February 1945

  • Following World War II USS Callaway was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 September to 1 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 10 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown)
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 September 1946, at the Hudson River National Defense Reserve Fleet for disposal
  • Merchant Service
    Transferred without cost to American President Lines, 23 October 1948, at Mobile, AL., renamed SS President Harrison
    Renamed SS President Fillmore in March 1966
    Sold to Waterman Steamship Co., 19 July 1968, renamed SS Hurricane
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 March 1974, to Dah Yung Steel Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
  • USS Callaway earned six battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 23' 3" (lim)
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    Complement
    41 Officers
    537 Enlisted
    Flag Accommodation
    43 Officers
    108 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodation
    91 Officers
    1,574 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity, 4,700 DWT
    non-refrigerated 200,000 Cu. ft.
    Boats
    12 LCVP
    4 LCM (Mk-6)
    3 LCP(L) (MK-IV)
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, one fore and one aft
    two quad 1.1" gun mounts, aft port and starboard, replaced by two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Callaway (APA-35)
    Callaway 29k USS Callaway (APA-35) at anchor, date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 32/16D. Russ Padden and
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Callaway 117k
    Callaway 105k USS Callaway (APA-35) off the New York Navy Yard, 18 September 1943. Callawayis loading supplies from a civilian barge. Also alongside is the tug handling the barge and two Coast Guard motor boats.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-51448, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service
    Callaway 111k Ex-Callaway (APA-35) in merchant service as the Waterman Steamship Corp. vessel SS Hurricane working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in March 1972. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Callaway 74k SS Hurricane working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in March 1972. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Callaway 57k SS Hurricane working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in March 1972. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Callaway (APA-35)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
     LCDR, Olsen, Hans Bernard, USNR1 May 1943 - 24 April 1943 (Ferry Command Crew #2)
    01CAPT. McNeil, Donald Carrol, USCG24 April 1943 - 16 June 1945
    02CDR. Betzmer, Henry James, USCG16 June 1945 - 10 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Navy Yard New York Bayfield Class APA Conversion Model Contributed by Bill West USS Cambria (APA-36)
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