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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 - China Service Medal (extended) - 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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 19453 to 10 February 1946
    11 to 21 February 1946 
  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • 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 Withdrawn from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, 11 July 1966, and delivered to Zidell Explorations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)
    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°
    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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    Berrien 105k USS Berrien (APA-62) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Berrien 224k USS Berrien (APA-62) at anchor, circa 1944, location unknown.
    Photo by Emerson Barstow
    Robert Hurst

    USS Berrien (APA-62)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Gallagher, John Murray USNR8 October 1944 - 5 January 1945
    02LCDR. Hughes, George N. USNR (O-in-C)5 January 1945 - 10 January 1945
    03LCDR. Gallagher, John Murray USNR10 January 1945 - 17 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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