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USS Colusa (APA-74)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - November - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - 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 1867) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 7 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 18 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Colusa (APA-74), 20 December 1944, LCDR. Horace W. Neill, in command
  • During World War II USS Colusa was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Colusa was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 8 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 16 May 1946, at Pearl Harbor and towed to San Francisco
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 14 August 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 July 1965, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp. (PD-X-702) for $151,205.00, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 31 August 1965 to NASSCO Terminal Island, CA., scrapping completed, 2 March 1966
    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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    Colusa 69k USS Colusa (APA-74) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 83402 courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Colusa 64k USS Colusa (APA-74) underway in San Francisco Bay, in late 1945 or early 1946. Colusa is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet.".
    US Navy photo # NH 98711 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 Colusa (APA-74)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Neill, Horace William20 December 1944 - 27 April 1945
    02LCDR Denegan, Alexander27 April 1945 - 2 February 1946
    03CAPT. Evans, Chesley McAlbert, USNR2 February 1946 - 16 May 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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