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USS Briscoe (APA-65)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Mike - Victor
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Gilliam Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 29 March 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1858) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched 19 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Briscoe (APA-65), 29 October 1944, CAPT. August Jackson Detzer Jr. in command
  • During World War II USS Briscoe was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Sixteen, COMO J. R. McGovern USN;
    TransDiv Forty-Six,COMO J. R. McGovern USN;
  • Following World War II USS Briscoe was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 9 September 29 September to 6 October 1945
    24 to 28 September 194524 October to 24 November 1945
    27 to 28 January 1946 

  • USS Briscoe (APA-65) 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, 29 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 July 1948
  • Final Disposition, sunk by USS Duluth (CL-87) off Kwajalein, 6 May 1948
    Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16'
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Officers 35
    Enlisted 356
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 31
    Enlisted 718
    Largest Boom Capacity 15 t.
    Cargo Capacity 600 DWT
    non-refrigerated 85,000 cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA 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.
    two turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two propellers, 6,000shp

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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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