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USS Clarendon (APA-72)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Whiskey - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Okinawa 29 April 1945) - 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, circa April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1865) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched 12 September 1944
  • Acquired, 12 December 1944, by the Navy from the Maritime Commission
  • Commissioned USS Clarendon (APA-72), 14 December 1944, LCDR. Edward A. Stroik, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Clarendon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B. Knowles USN (17);
    TransDiv Thirty-Five, CAPT. R.C. Bartman and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 30 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    13 to 25 September 194511 to 14 October 1945
    1 to 4 December 194523 October to 16 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 9 April 1946, at Seattle WA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission 28 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Removed to Army Custody, 15 October 1946
  • Repair project, General Agency Agreement, Olympia Steamship Co., 13 September 1954 to 27 October 1954
  • Returned to MARAD for layup in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Norfolk, VA., 6 February 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 November 1963, to Boston Metals Co. (PD-X-649) for $81,777.77, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 11 December 1963, to Zidell, Portland, OR, scrapping completed 16 October 1964
    Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16.9'
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 293
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 47
    Enlisted 802
    Cargo Capacity 2,600 DWT
    non-refrigerated 85,000 cu. ft.
    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
    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 Clarendon (APA-72)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Stroik, Edward Albert, USNR14 December 1944 - 16 December 1944
    02CDR. Perie, Sherman P., USNR16 December 1944 - 10 January 1946
    03CAPT. Zemmer, Harold Maurice, USN (USNA 1927) 10 January 1946 - 9 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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