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USS Cambria (APA-36)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Charlie - Foxtrot
NJCF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal (3-Cuba)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia an Europe clasps) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon, 1-Cuba) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)



USS Cambria was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 1 July 1942, as SS Sea Swallow, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 271) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 10 November 1942
  • Assigned to the Navy as Transport (AP-81)
  • Redesignated Attack Transport (APA-36), 1 February 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 4 May 1943, and placed in partial commission for transit to her conversion yard at New York
  • Decommissioned at New York
  • Recommissioned, USS Cambria (APA-36), 10 November 1943, CAPT. C. W. Dean, USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS Cambria was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twelve (flagship), COM. H.B. Knowles USN (17);
    TransDiv Thirty-Four 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
    Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 February to 2 March 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October and 18 November 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 10 August 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Tinian capture and occupation, 24 July to 1 August 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 10 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Cambria was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East and China service, following the Korean War USS Cambria was again assigned to Occupation service this time in Europe;

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    Asia - 20 to 26 September 194521 to 25 October 1945
    Asia - 26 to 29 October 1945 
    Asia - 9 to 13 December 1945 
    Europe - 14 September 1951 to 29 January 1952 
    Europe - 20 January to 9 May 1953 
    Europe - 21 September 1954 to 18 January 1955 

  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1949 for lay up in the reserve fleet
  • Recommissioned, 15 September 1950, with a Navy crew
  • Decommissioned, circa 1970
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 13 November 1970, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1971
  • Permanent custody transferred from the US Navy to the Maritime Administration, 1 September 1971
  • Final Disposition, sold 7 September 1971, to Caribbean Marine Inc., for non-transportation use, scrapped in 1972
  • USS Cambria received six battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 18.4 (trial) kts.
    Complement
    Officers 44
    Enlisted 537
    Flag Accommodation
    Officers 43
    Enlisted 108
    Troop Accommodation
    Officers - 78
    Enlisted - 1,520
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,700 DWT.
    non-refrigerated 200,000 Cu ft
    Boats
    twelve LCVPs
    four LCMs (Mk-6)
    three LCP(L)s (MK-IV)
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal 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
    four 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°
    Ship's Service Generators - four 250Kw 240V D.C.
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Cambria 117k USS Cambria (APA-36) underway, circa 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Michael Marzolla for his father, Lt. Anthony Mario Marzolla USCG, USS Cambria
    Cambria 120k USS Cambria (APA-36) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Michael Marzolla for his father, Lt. Anthony Mario Marzolla USCG, USS Cambria
    Cambria 85k USS Cambria (APA-36) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Michael Marzolla for his father, Lt. Anthony Mario Marzolla USCG, USS Cambria
    Cambria 64k USS Cambria (APA-36) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Michael Marzolla for his father, Lt. Anthony Mario Marzolla USCG, USS Cambria
    Cambria 92k USS Cambria (APA-36) at anchor, date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 32 Design 3D.
    US Navy photo.
    Michael Marzolla for his father, Lt. Anthony Mario Marzolla USCG, USS Cambria
    Cambria 71k USS Cambria (APA-36) at anchor off San Pedro, CA., 19 August 1945.
    US Navy photo.
    Michael Marzolla for his father, Lt. Anthony Mario Marzolla USCG, USS Cambria
    Cambria 207k USS Cambria (APA-36) CAPT. D.C. Beard USN watches and evolution taking place aboard the ship, circa early-1947, location unknown. Bill West Y3/c USS Cambria
    Cambria 34k USS Cambria (APA-36), at Asinara Sardinia. 1956. Note: USS Rockwall (APA-230) in the background. Photo by Larry Bohn
    Cambria 3380k USS Cambria (APA-36) at anchor in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 20 April 1960. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Cambria 74k USS Cambria (APA-36), at Norfolk, July 1964. Also in this photo is a partial view of several of USS Muliphen (AKA-61)'s LCMs secured to her main deck. © Richard Leonhardt
    Cambria 105k USS Cambria (APA-36) at anchor in 1964, location unknown.
    Photo from 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships", courtesy Captain Aldo Fraccaroli.
    Robert Hurst
    Cambria 93k USS Cambria (APA-36), at Naples, July 1967. © Richard Leonhardt
    Cambria 93k USS Cambria (APA-36) at sea, date unknown.
    U.S. Navy photograph
    Ron Young YN3 USN-R Ret. USS Cambria 1962-64
    Cambria 49k USS Cambria (APA-36) conducting amphibious exercises, date and location unknown. Bob Holliday
    Cambria 46k USS Cambria (APA-36) conducting amphibious exercises, date and location unknown. Bob Holliday
    Cambria 211k USS Cambria (APA-36) underway in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1963. Is that SSgt. Billy Joe Brickey standing at the bow? Danny L. Brickey for his father SSgt. Billy Joe Brickey, L Company 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines while embarked in USS Cambria.
    Cambria 1105k USS Cambria (APA-36) preparing to anchor in the harbor at Valletta, Malta in 1968. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    USS Cambria 1947 Christmas Dinner Menu
    Contributed by Bill West
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    For more photos and information about USS Cambria, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Cambria APA-36
  • Commanding Officers
  • Navy Yard New York Bayfield Class APA Conversion Model

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

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