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USS Audrain (APA-59)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Oscar - Zulu
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Purple Hearts (3-WIA, 6 April 45, Okinawa)
Gilliam Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 1 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1852), at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 21 April 1944
Acquired by the Navy, 1 September 1944
Commissioned USS Audrain (APA-59), 2 September 1944, LCDR. George O. Forrest USNR in command
During World War II USS Audrain was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Fourteen, COMO. D.L. Ryan USN (16);
TransDiv Forty and participated in the following campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
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Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 to 12 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 10 April 1945
Following World War II USS Audrain was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|15 to 26 September 1945
|22 to 31 October 1945
|14 to 27 January 1946
Decommissioned, 15 May 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 25 July 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
USS Audrain earned two battle stars for her World War II service
Final Disposition,sold for scrapping, 7 November 1972, to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA. (PD-X-949 dated 5 October 1972) for $175,000.00.
Withdrawn from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet and delivered 27 November 1972
Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
Speed 16.9 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 15 t.
Cargo Capacity 600 DWT
non-refrigerated 85,000 cu. ft.,
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 9,695 Bbls
Diesel 375 Bbls
two Westinghouse steam turbines
two Babcock & Wilcox D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
one turbo-drive 150Kw 450V A.C.
one turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
two propellers, 6,000shp
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||USS Audrain (APA-59) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Photo provided by Dennis Hahn to Mike Wood to honor his grandfather Norman Wood USS Audrain and
USS Audrain (APA-59)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Forrest, George Oliver, USNR||2 September 1944 - 26 December 1945|
|02||LCDR. Hodgson Jr., James Thompson, USNR||26 December 1945 - 5 January 1946|
|03||CAPT. Durski, Malen, USN (USNA 1927)||5 January 1946 - 15 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 26 January 2018
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|