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USS Clay (APA-39)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Echo - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 14 October 1942, as SS Sea Carp, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 274) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
Assigned to the Navy as Transport (AP-84)
Launched, 23 January 1943
Reclassified Attack Transport (APA-39), 1 February 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 29 June 1943 and placed in partial commission for transit to her fitting out yard at New York, CDR. Hans B. Olsen USNR (Ferry Command) in command
Decommissioned, 2 August 1943, at Todd Shipyard Hoboken, N.J. for conversion to an Attack Transport
Completed as an Attack Transport and recommissioned USS Clay (APA-39), 21 December 1943, CAPT. E. W. Abdill in command
During World War II USS Clay was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B. Knowles USN (17);
TransDiv Thirty-Five (flagship), CAPT. R.C. Bartman, and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 24 June 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
Leyte landings, 20 and 14 November 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
Following World War II USS Clay was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 29 April 1946, at New York, N.Y.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
USS Clay earned four battle stars for World War II service
Returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal
Sold 12 September 1946 to American President Lines, renamed SS President Johnson
Sold to Waterman Steamship Corp, 17 July 1968, renamed SS La Salle
Sold to Oceanbridge Steamship Corp., 19 January 1971
Sold to Waterman Steamship Corp., 13 November 1974
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 November 1974, to Swie Hong Steel Enterprise Corp., Kaohsiung Taiwan
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|5 to 14 September 1945||8 to 13 November 1945
|2 to 6 October 1945||
Displacement 8,100 t.(lt) 16,100 t.(fl)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 26' 6"
Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
Officers - 56
Enlisted - 502
Officers - 43
Enlisted - 108
Officers - 93
Enlisted - 1,533
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,700 DWT
non-refrigerated 200,000 cu. ft.
four LCM (Mk-6)
three LCP(L) (MK-IV)
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
NSFO - 8,510 Bbls
Diesel - 750 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
three turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators - 250Kw 240V D.C.
single propeller, 8,500shp
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|USS Clay (APA-39)
||USS Clay (APA-39) underway, date and place unknown.
US Navy photo.
|US Naval Historical Center
| Merchant Service
American President Lines
Waterman Steamship Co.
||Ex-USS Clay (APA-39) underway, location unknown, as the American President Lines vessel SS President Johnson, circa late 1950s early 1960s. Photo originally copyrighted by American President Lines.
||Ex-Clay (APA-39) underway in the Malacca Strait as the Waterman Steamship Corp. vessel SS La Salle, circa 1970. Photo originally copyrighted by Airfoto Malacca.
||SS La Salle arriving at Cape Town, South Africa, just weeks before her delivery to Taiwanese shipbreakers at Kaohsiung in
Photo from "Merchant Ships of World War II: A Post War Album 1" by Victor Young.
USS Clay (APA-39)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Olsen, Hans Hans Bernard, USNR||29 June 1943 - 2 August 1943|
| ||Decommissioned||22 August 1943 - 21 December 1943|
|02||CAPT. Abdill, Everett Woolman, USN (USNA 1924)||21 December 1943 - 12 August 1944|
|03||CAPT. Van Bergen, Nicholas Bauer), USN (USNA 1921B)||12 August 1944 - 1 June 1945|
|04||CAPT. Eller, Ernest McNeill, USN (USNA 1925) :RADM||1 June 1945 - 31 October 1945|
|05||CDR. Simenstad, Archie Mann, USNR||31 October 1945 - 29 April 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
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Navy Yard New York Bayfield Class APA Conversion Model
Last Updated 2 June 2017
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