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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);
    TransDiv Fifty-Eight
  • 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 194614 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)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16.9'
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 293
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 47
    Enlisted 802
    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
    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 120/240V D.C.
    two propellers 6,000shp

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    98k 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
    Robert Hurst
    Cleburne 70k 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.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Cleburne (APA-73)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Callaghan, Francis Thomas, USNR22 December 1944 - 26 September 1945
    02CDR Hartzell, Edwin Willard, USNR26 September 1945 - 21 March 1946
    03CDR Cosgrove, Coleman Robert, USNR21 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

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