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USS Berrien (APA-62)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Papa - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Gilliam Class Attack Transport
Laid down, 23 February 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1855) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 20 May 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 7 October 1944
Commissioned USS Berrien (APA-62), 8 October 1944, LCDR. John M. Gallagher, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Berrien was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Fifteen, COMO. W. S. Popham USN (14);
TransDiv Forty-Three and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operations
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 February to 4 March 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operations
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April 2945
Following World War II USS Berrien was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|4 t o12 October 1945||3 to 10 February 1946
|11 to 21 February 1946||
Decommissioned, 17 May 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.I.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
USS Berrien earned two battle stars for World War II service
Towed to San Francisco and returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 August 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 May 1966, to Zidell Explorations, Portland, OR. for $83,817.00 (PD-X-726 dated 22 April 1955). Withdrawn from the Suisun
Bay Reserve Fleet, 11 July 1966, and delivered to Zidell Explorations
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°
Ships Service Generators
two turbo-drive 250Kw, 450V A.C.
one turbo-drive 150Kw, 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
two propellers, 6,000shp
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||USS Berrien (APA-62) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||USS Berrien (APA-62) at anchor, circa 1944, location unknown.
Photo by Emerson Barstow
USS Berrien (APA-62)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Gallagher, John Murray USNR||8 October 1944 - 5 January 1945|
|02||LCDR. Hughes, George N. USNR (O-in-C)||5 January 1945 - 10 January 1945|
|03||LCDR. Gallagher, John Murray USNR||10 January 1945 - 17 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 11 December 2015
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|