Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

USS Banner (APA-60)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Papa - Charlie
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 Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Gilliam Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 24 January 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract,(MC hull 1853) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington CA.
  • Launched, 3 May 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 15 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Banner (APA-60), 16 September 1944, LCDR. James R. Page in command
  • During World War II USS Banner was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Fourteen, COMO. D. L. Ryan USN (16);
    TransDiv Forty-One, CAPT. H.J. Wright USN and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operations
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 10 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Banner was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 to 27 September 1945
  • USS Banner (APA-60) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.6 (Target Vessel Group - Merchant Type Units - Transport Division 91 (TRANSDIV 91) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned at Bikini Atoll, 27 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
  • USS Banner earned two battle stars for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition, scuttled off Kwajalein, 16 February 1948
    Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16'
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 293
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 47
    Enlisted 802
    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
    Fuel Capacities
    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

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    Banner 76k USS Banner (APA-60) at anchor off the Naval Repair Base, San Diego, CA., 27 October 1945.
    US Navy BUAIR photo by Ens. R.G. Beidleman.
    Bill Smith USS Banner
    Banner 100k USS Banner (APA-60) Landing Craft Division, Joseph Villy Touchet, fourth row, tenth from the left.
    US Navy photo.
    Joey Touchet for his father Joseph Villy Touchet USS Banner
    Banner 70k USS Banner (APA-60) crew members, date unknown. Wes Stone, Lusby, MD. In memory of the men who trained at the USNATB Solomons.
    Banner 84k One of USS Banner (APA-60) boats underway, date and location unknown. Wes Stone, Lusby, MD. In memory of the men who trained at the USNATB Solomons.

    USS Banner (APA-60)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Page, James R. USNR16 September 1944 - 13 March 1946
    02CDR. Kitch, William Lawrence13 March 1946 - 27 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Amphibious Ship Type Index Back To The Attack Transport (APA) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 19 February 2016