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USS Butte (APA-68)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - November - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Okinawa)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Purple Heart (2-WIA Okinawa)
Gilliam Class Attack Transport
Laid down, 4 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1861) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
Launched 20 July 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 21 November 1944
Commissioned USS Butte (APA-68), 22 November 1944, at San Pedro, CA., CDR. Joseph A. Gillis, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Butte was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20);
TransDiv Forty-Nine, COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20) and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 14 April 1945
Following World War II USS Butte was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 15 October 1945
USS Butte (APA-68) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.6 (Target Vessel Group - Merchant Type Units - Transport Division 92 (TRANSDIV 92) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 29 August 1946, at Kwajalein Atoll
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 May 1948
USS Butte earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sunk as a target off Kwajalein Atoll, 12 May 1948
Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
Speed 16.9 kts.
Cargo Capacity 85,000 cu. ft., 2,600 t.
NSFO 9,695 Bbls
Diesel 375 Bbls
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA radar-directed gun mounts
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
two Westinghouse turbo-electric drive
two Babcock & Wilcox 450psi 750° boilers
Ship's Service Generators
one turbo-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
one turbo-drive 150Kw 450V A.C.
one turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
two propellers 6,000shp
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||USS Butte (APA-68) weighing anchor off San Pedro, CA., 3 December 1944. The SG radar on the foremast is for surface search; on the mainmast is an SC-2 air search set. Because both masts supported booms, she needed the odd mast fastened to her forefunnel for signal flags. The two gun tubs right forward and the two aft house twin radar-directed 40 mm guns; the weapons atop the bridge and at the after end of the superstructure are 20 mm guns. Butte served as a target ship for the Bikini nuclear test (Operation Crossroads) and was retained afterwards for structural and radiation studies; she was scuttled off Kwajalein on 12 May 1948.
US Navy photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
USS Butte (APA-68)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Billis, Joseph Albert, USNR||22 November 1944 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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