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USS Leedstown (APA-56)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Victor - Hotel
NKVH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)


Windsor Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 26 August 1942, as SS Exchequer, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 590) at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Assigned to the Navy, 26 August 1942, as Wood (AP-101)
  • Reclassified Attack Transport (APA-56), 1 February 1943
  • Launched, 13 February 1943
  • Renamed Leedstown, 17 March 1943
  • Commissioned USS Leedstown (APA-56), 16 July 1943, CDR. Harold Bye in Command
  • During World War II USS Leedstown was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eleven, COMO. D.W. Loomis USN (18);
    TransDiv Thirty-One (flagship) 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 5 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 25 October and 14 November 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 25 July 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 10 January 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, Peleliu, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 6 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS Leedstown was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    12 to 25 October 1945
    22 to 26 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 7 March 1946, at Seattle WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 1 July 1946
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission for commercial service in 1947, to Shepard Steamship Co., renamed SS Minute Man
  • Resold to American Export-Isbrandtsen Lines (date unknown), renamed SS Exilona
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in April 1970
  • USS Leedstown was awarded six battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,950 t.(lt), 13,143 t.(fl)
    Length 473' 1"
    Beam 66'
    Draft 25'
    Speed 18.6 kts.
    Complement
    45 Officers
    522 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    91 Officers
    1,496 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 1,600 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 12,330 Bbls
    Diesel 675 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Bethlehem Shipbuilding geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 742°
    single Falk Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller 8,000shp

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    USS Leedstown (APA-56)
    Leedstown 83k USS Leedstown (APA-56) underway, circa mid-1943. This view was probably taken just after completion of the ship's conversion to an attack transport but before she embarked her landing craft.
    US Navy photo # NH 99047 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Leedstown 98k USS Leedstown (APA-56) underway, 19 August 1943, location unknown. Circles on the photograph mark alterations, in this case the addition of life rafts.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Leedstown 100k USS Leedstown (APA-56) at anchor, October 1943, location unknown. .
    Leedstown 142k USS Leedstown (APA-56) underway off the California coast, 30 August 1945. Photographed from an aircraft based at Naval Air Station San Pedro, CA.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-339875 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Commercial Service
    Leedstown 52k Ex-USS Leedstown (APA-56) in commercial service as the American Export-Isbrandtsen Lines SS Exilona underway on the River Weser enroute to Bremen, Germany, October 1964 Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Leedstown (APA-56)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bye, Harold16 July 1943 - 20 December 1944
    02CAPT. Carlisle, H. A. USN (21)20 December 1944 - 9 August 1945
    03CAPT. Miller, Adolph Jerome9 August 1945 - 7 March 1946

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

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