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USS DuPage (APA-41)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Foxtrot - Tango
NKFT
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Peleliu-15SEP44, Lingayen Gulf-10JAN45) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (36 KIA, 136 WIA)

Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Sea Hound, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-2A) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 389) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Designated Naval Transport (AP-86)
  • Launched, 6 November 1942
  • Redesignated Attack Transport (APA-41), 1 February 1943
  • Placed in partial commission, 28 February 1943 through 17 March 1943 for transit to her fitting out yard, Todd Erie Basin Dry Dock, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Recommissioned, USS DuPage (APA-41), 1 September 1943, CAPT. G. M. Wauchope, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS DuPage (APA-41) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Thirteen, COMO. M. O. Carlson USN (16);
    TransDiv Thirty-Eight (flagship), CAPT. P.P. Welch USN (18) and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls
    31 January to 8 February 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Admiralty Islands landings, 11 to 12 April 1944
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 28 April to 1 May 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 25 October and 14 November 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 27 July 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 10 January 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands-Peleliu, 6 September to 14 October 1944
     

  • Following World War II USS DuPage was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 26 to 30 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 28 March 1946, at New York
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 27 June 1946, for disposal
  • Merchant History
    Acquired by Pope and Talbot Steamship Company in 1946 and rename the SS P&T Pathfinder
    Acquired by Moore-McCormack in 1957 and renamed SS Mormacsun
    Acquired by Central Gulf Lines in 1964 and renamed SS Green Port
    Acquired by States-Marine Line in 1967 and renamed SS Pine Tree State
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Kaosiung, Taiwan in May 1973
  • USS DuPage earned seven battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(lim)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' 6" (lim)
    Speed 18.4 kts.
    Complement
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Flag Accommodation
    43 Officers
    108 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    94 Officers
    1,337 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,700DWT
    non-refrigerated 175,000 cu. ft.,
    Boats
    12 LCVP
    4 LCM (Mk-6)
    3 LCP(L) (MK-IV)
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20 mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Oil Capacity
    Navy Standard Fuel Oil 8,510 bbls.
    Diesel 750 bbls.
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster-Wheeler D-type boilers 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive Ship Service Generators, 250kW 240V D.C.
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    DuPage 513k USS DuPage (APA 41) underway, 13 October 1943, location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-87138 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Fayette 151k Transports steam in column off Pavuvu, Russell Islands, August 1944, probably during exercises preceding the Palaus operation. Photographed from USS Fayette (APA 43), looking forward, showing her kingposts and LCVPs stowed on deck. USS Pinkney (APH 2) is leading the column, followed by USS Elmore (APA 42) and USS DuPage (APA 41). Photo by Sgt McBride, USMC, 1st Division.
    USMC photo # 94719
    US Naval Historical Center
    DuPage 199K View of a pair of triple Welin davits being installed in USS DuPage (APA 41) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 7 May 1945.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo from " US Amphibious Ships and Craft", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    DuPage 49K USS DuPage (APA 41) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 11 May 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2630-45-54.
     
    Merchant Service
    DuPage 80K Ex- USS DuPage (APA 41) underway while in merchant service as the States-Marine Line's SS Pine State, circa 1967-73, location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USS DuPage (APA-41)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Allen, Charles (Ferry Command)28 February 1943 - 17 March 1943
     Decommissioned17 March 1943 - 1 September 1943
    02CAPT. Wauchope, George Marker1 September 1943 - 31 December 1944
    03CAPT. Daugherty, W. USNR31 December 1944 - 2 November 1945
    04CAPT. Price, Kenton Edson2 November 1945 - 28 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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