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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:
|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)
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 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
||USS Barrow (APA-61) arriving at Portland, OR. with returning US Troops during Operation "Magic Carpet", circa October1945.
||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
USS Barrow (APA-61)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Jorgensen, Herman USNR||20September 1944 - 26 January 1945|
|02||CAPT. Holmes, Frederick Stacer||26 January 1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 19 February 2016
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