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USS Barrow (APA-61)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Papa - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Gilliam Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 28 January 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1854) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 11 May 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 27 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Barrow (APA-61), 28 September 1944, LCDR. Herman Jorgensen, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Barrow was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Fifteen, CAPT. W. S. Popham USN (14);
    TransDiv Forty-Five, CAPT. A.C.J. Sabalot USN (20) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 1 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 9 April 1945

  • USS Barrow (APA-61) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.6 (Target Vessel Group - Merchant Type Units - Transport Division 92 (TRANSDIV 92) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned at Bikini Atoll, 28 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Barrow earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, scuttled off Kwajalein, 11 May 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

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    Barrow 50k USS Barrow (APA-61) emitting smoke, probably during invasion rehearsals in late 1944 or in 1945. This may be a test of defensive smoke generating equipment. Original 35mm Kodachrome transparency, photographed by LT. Howard W. Whalen, USNR, Boat Group Commander, USS Sanborn (APA-193). Collection of LCDR. Howard W. Whalen, USNR. Donated by Mrs. Nadine Whalen, 1997.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 104332-KN
    Robert Hurst
    Barrow 77k USS Barrow (APA-61) arriving at Portland, OR. with returning US Troops during Operation "Magic Carpet", circa October1945.  
    Appling 47k Four Gilliam-class attack transports at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Oahu, Hawaii, 27 February 1946, as they are readied for Operation "Crossroads": USS Appling (APA-58) lies outboard (top) of sister ships USS Barrow (APA-61), USS Brule (APA-66) and USS Gasconade (APA-85).
    US Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst

    USS Barrow (APA-61)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Jorgensen, Herman USNR20September 1944 - 26 January 1945
    02CAPT. Holmes, Frederick Stacer26 January 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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