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USS Wayne (APA-54)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Uniform - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
Sumter Class Attack Transport
Laid down, 20 April 1942, as SS Afoundria, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-E1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 476) at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, AL.
Redesignated a Naval Transport, and renamed Wayne (AP-99)
Launched, 6 December 1942
Reclassified Amphibious Attack Transport (APA-54), 1 February 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 30 April 1943
Placed in commission "in ordinary" the next day for transit to her conversion yard, Bethlehem Steel Corp., Key Highway Yard, Baltimore, MD.
Decommissioned, 11 May 1943
Recommissioned USS Wayne (APA-54), 27 August 1943, CDR. Thomas V. Cooper USN in command
During WWII USS Wayne was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twelve, COMO. H. B. Knowles;
TransDiv Thirty-Six, CAPT. G.W. Johnson USN (18) and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Kwajalein Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
Leyte landings, 13 to 25 October and 14 November 1944
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Admiralty Island landings 11 to 12 April 1944
Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 23 to 25 April 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 18 January 1945
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 25 July 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and capture of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 9 April 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
Following World War II USS Wayne was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 10 to 27 September 1945
Decommissioned, 16 March 1946, at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp, Chickasaw, AL.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
USS Wayne earned seven battle stars for her World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, name reverted to SS Afoundria
Sold to Waterman Steamship Corp, Mobile, AL. in 1947, renamed SS Beauregard, operated into the 1970s with a succession of shipping companies as a container ship, Beauregard Inc, Litton Industries Leasing Corp, Reynolds Leasing Corp. and Sea-Land Service
Final Disposition, SS Beauregard was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in May 1977
Displacement 13,910 t.(fl)
Length 468' 9"
Draft 23' 3"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 1,300 DWT
non-refrigerated 170,000 cu. ft.
two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 8,575 Bbls
Diesel 750 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
three turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||USS Wayne (APA-54) at anchor with covered lighter alongside, 13 September 1943, location unknown.
||USS Wayne (APA-54) getting underway, date and location unknown.
||USS Wayne (APA-54) underway, date and location unknown.
||Grady (Willie) Willmon
| Merchant Service
Waterman SS Corp.
||Ex-USS Wayne (APA-54) in merchant service as the Waterman Lines freighter SS Beauregard moored pierside, circa
early 1950s, location unknown.
||Waterman Lines freighter SS Beauregard underway in harbor, circa early 1950s, location unknown.
||Ex-USS Wayne (APA-54) in merchant service as the Sea-Land container ship SS Beauregard.
Photo courtesy Sea-Land Services Inc.
||Sea-Land container ship SS Beauregard underway, date and location unknown.
Photo © M. Lennon.
||Sea-Land container ship SS Beauregard moored pierside, circa late 1960s to mid 1970s, location unknown.
Photos © D. Telarico.
USS Wayne (APA-54)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Cooper, Thomas Valentine USN (USNA 1916)||27 August 1943 - 16 March 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 Database
Amphibious Forces WWII- APA 54 Wayne
Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
Last Updated 31 May 2019
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