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USS Cleburne (APA-73)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - November - Sierra
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, circa April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1866) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 27 September 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 21 December 1944
Commissioned USS Cleburne (APA-73), 22 December 1944, LCDR. Francis T. Callaghan USNR in command
During World War II USS Cleburne was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty, COMO. H.W. Graf USN (15);
Following World War II USS Cleburne was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|7 to 16 September 1945||
|29 September to 7 October 1945||
|16 to 29 October 1945||
|14 December 1945 to 28 January 1946||14 December 1945 to 28 January 1946
Decommissioned, 7 June 1946, at Pearl Harbor
USS Cleburne was assigned Operation Crossroads as a target vessel in 1946
Towed to San Francisco, custody transferred to the Maritime Commission, 7 July 1947
Towed to San Francisco and returned to the Maritime Commission, 7 July 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 July 1965, to Zidell Explorations Inc.
Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
Speed 16.9 kts.
Cargo Capacity 85,000 cu. ft., 2,600 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA radar-directed gun mounts
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
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 120/240V D.C.
two propellers 6,000shp
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||USS Cleburne (APA-73) arriving at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 20 March 1946.
US National Archives
RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-114615 and RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-114617, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Cleburne (APA-73) underway in San Francisco Bay, circa late 1946.
US Navy photo # NH 98710 donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN
(Retired), to the US Naval Historical Center in 2003.
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USS Cleburne (APA-73)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR Callaghan, Francis Thomas, USNR||22 December 1944 - 26 September 1945 |
|02||CDR Hartzell, Edwin Willard, USNR||26 September 1945 - 21 March 1946|
|03||CDR Cosgrove, Coleman Robert, USNR||21 March 1946 - 7 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 17 March 2017
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|