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USS Bracken (APA-64)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Whiskey - Delta
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Gilliam Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 13 March 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1857) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 10 June 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 3 October 1944
Commissioned USS Bracken (APA-64), 4 October 1944, LCDR. Charles S. Lee USNR in command
During World War II USS Bracken was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Fourteen, COMO. D. L. Ryan USN (16);
TransDiv Forty-Two, CAPT. A.R. Mack USN (17)
Following World War II USS Bracken was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|7 to 15 September ||3 to 10 November 1945
|11 to 13 November 1945||
USS Bracken (APA-64) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.6 (Target Vessel Group - Merchant Type Units - Transport Division 93 (TRANSDIV 93) 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, 5 April 1948
Final Disposition, scuttled off Kwajalein, 10 March 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°
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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||Operation Crossroads prospective target ships and support ships at Pearl Harbor in a photo released, 27 February 1946.
Ships present from front to rear include USS Crittenden (APA-77),
USS Catron (APA-71), USS Bracken (APA-64), USS Burleson (APA-67), USS Gilliam (APA-57), USS Fallon (APA-81), one
unidentified ship, USS Fillmore (APA-83), USS Kochab (AKS-6), USS Luna (AKS-7) and an unidentified tanker and liberty ship. Identifiable on the right are USS LSM-203 and USS LSM-465. Further in the background are a floating drydock and a merchant ship hulk with unidentified fittings forward of the bridge.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-702126 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
USS Bracken (APA-64)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Lee, Charles S., USNR||4 October 1944 - 27 August 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
USS Bracken's shipboard newspaper "Now Hear This"
Last Updated 17 March 2017
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|