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USS Burleson (APA-67)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Whiskey - India
NJWI
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Gilliam Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 22 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1860) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched 11 July 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 7 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Burleson (APA-67), 8 November 1944, LCDR. Barhard Hartley USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Burleson was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eighteen, COMO. J.G. Moyer USN (14);
    TransDiv Fifty-Three, CAPT. W.N. Thornton USN, and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 7 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Burleson 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 28 September 194530 September to 11 October 1945
     14 to 24 November 1945

  • USS Burleson was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.1.2 (Technical Group - Instrumentation Units) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 1 October 1946
  • Transferred in 1947 to the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA. for use as a static training ship
  • Placed in service in reserve, 1 October 1952
  • Redesignated as an "Activity Craft", 8 June 1964
  • Renamed IX-67, 5 October 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1968
  • USS Burleson earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 November 1968, to North American Smelting Co., Burlington, N.J., removed 20 November 1968, scrapping completed, 1 December 1969
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16.9'
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Complement
    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.
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    two Westinghouse turbo-electric engines
    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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    Burleson 69k USS Burleson (APA-67) at anchor, date and location unknown. Submitted by Keith Janes for Mrs. Warren Binion for her husband Warren Binion USS Burleson
    Burleson 61k USS Burleson (APA-67) at anchor, date and location unknown. Submitted by Keith Janes for Mrs. Warren Binion for her husband Warren Binion USS Burleson
    Burleson 344k USS Burleson (APA-67) officers, circa late December 1945, early November 1946.
    Top row: Dee Patterson, Dunn, Donohue, Gerstine, Evans, Caldwell, Krosnick, Neighbors
    Middle row: Cranley, Martin, Wickham, CAPT. Stillman, Reynolds, Drever
    Bottom row: Hill, Wolf, Shultz, Leavitt.
    US Navy photo.
    Submitted by Dan Patterson for his father ENS. Dee Patterson USS Burleson
    Crittenden 127k 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
    Burleson 82k USS Burleson (APA-67) at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA. serving a training ship for amphibious landings, circa 1947-1952. Note, the unusual signal tower on top of her forward stack.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine.
    Stanley C. Svec
    Burleson 197k USS Burleson (APA-67) at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA. serving a training ship for amphibious landings in 1953. Derick S. Hartshorn
    Burleson 157k USS Burleson (APA-67) at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA. serving a training ship for amphibious landings in September 1953.
    Photos by Dee Patterson.
    Submitted by Dan Patterson for his father ENS. Dee Patterson USS Burleson
    Burleson 190k

    USS Burleson (APA-67)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hartley, Barnard, USNR8 November 1944 - 21 December 1945
    02CAPT. Stillman, Carl Frederick21 December 1945 - 1 October 1946
    03CAPT. Carpenter, Charles Lorin, USN (USNA 1926)1 October 1946 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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