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USS Leon (APA-48)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Victor - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
Originally assigned the name SS Sea Dolphin by the Maritime Commission
Assigned to the Navy as a Transport and renamed Leon (AP-93)
Reclassified an Attack Transport (APA-48), 1 February 1943
Laid down, 6 February 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 428) at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
Launched, 19 June 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 11 September 1943, and placed in reduced commission for transit to her fitting out yard at Brooklyn, N.Y., LCDR. James H. Budd, USNR, (Ferry Crew #4), in command
Decommissioned, 27 September 1943, at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Commissioned USS Leon (APA-48), 12 February 1944, CAPT. Bruce Byron Adell in command
During WWII USS Leon was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Grap USN (15);
TransDiv Fifty-Nine, CAPT. J. K. Davis 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, 11 January 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of Southern Palau Islands (Angaur Island), 6 September to 14 October 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
Leyte landings, 16 to 21 October and 19 to 24 November 1944
Following World War II USS Leon was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 28 September 1945||30 September to 28 November 1945
|30 November to 9 December 1945||
Decommissioned, 7 March 1946, at Chickasaw, AL.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 2 April 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL. Group, for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Sold for merchant service by the Maritime Commission to Isthmian Steamship Co., 11 April 1947, renamed SS Steel Chemist
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Spain, 29 July 1971, to Hierros Ardes S.A.
USS Leon earned five battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(lim)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 26' 6" (lim)
Speed 18.4 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,700DWT
non-refrigerated 175,000 cu. ft.,
4 LCM (Mk-6)
3 LCP(L) (MK-IV)
two 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.
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Foster-Wheeler D-type boilers 465psi 765°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive Ship Service Generators, 250kW 240V D.C.
one propeller, 8,500shp
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| Merchant Service
Isthmian SS CO.
||Ex-USS Leon (APA-48) in commercial service as the Isthmian Steamship Co.'s SS Steel Chemist underway in the harbor at Philadelphia, PA., date unknown.
USS Leon (APA-48)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
| ||LCDR. Budd, James Hodgeson, USNR||11 September 1943 - 27 September 1943|
| ||Decommissioned||27 September 1943 - 12 February 1944|
|01||CAPT. Adell, Bruce Byron||12 February 1944 - 1944|
|02||CAPT. Southworth, Harrison Belknap :RADM||1944 - May 1945|
|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
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Last Updated 21 November 2014
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