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USS Carteret (APA-70)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - November - Juliet
NJNJ


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1863) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 15 August 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 2 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Carteret (APA-70), 3 December 1944, LCDR. John Lee Hunter in command
  • During World War II USS Carteret was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Nineteen, COMO C. D. Edgar USN (12);
    TransDiv Fifty-Five and participated in the following campaigns;
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 April to 2 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 15 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Carteret was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    17 to 27 October 194519 January to 1 February 1946
    15 December 1945 to 1 January 1946 

  • USS Carteret was assigned to Operation Crossroads as a target vessel between May and August 1946
  • Decommissioned at Bikini Atoll, 6 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk by gunfire from USS Toledo (CA-133) off Kwajalein 19 April 1948
  • USS Carteret received two battle stars for World War II service
    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 Capacity
    Officers 47
    Enlisted 802
    Cargo Capacity 2,600 DWT
    non-refrigerated 85,000 cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA radar-directed gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,695 Bbls
    Diesel 375 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Carteret 95k USS Carteret (APA-70) at anchor off San Pedro, CA., 24 December 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 12 (Modified), Design 15F.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-77259 from the US Navy BUSHIPS collection now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Carteret 162k USS Carteret (APA-70) at anchor off San Pedro, CA., 24 December 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 12 (Modified), Design 15F.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-77260 from the US Navy BUSHIPS collection now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Carteret 49k USS Carteret (APA-70) underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by Paul Conrad. Photo from the estate of the late LCDR Shazer, DC USNR USS Carteret's Dentist.
    Carteret 73k USS Carteret (APA-70) at anchor, date and location unknown. Submitted by Paul Conrad. Photo from the estate of the late LCDR Shazer, DC USNR USS Carteret's Dentist.
    Carteret 83k USS Carteret (APA-70) underway in San Francisco Bay, CA., circa early 1946..
    US Navy photo # NH 78161 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Carteret (APA-70)
    DANFS history entry Located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hunter, John Lee, USNR3 December 1944 - April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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