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USS Cortland (APA-75)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Oscar - Bravo
NKOB
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
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 1868) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched 18 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 31 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Cortland (APA-75), 1 January 1945, CDR. Francois Charles Blesbois Jordan USN (28) in command
  • During World War II USS Cortland was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater; TransRon Twenty-One; TransDiv Sixty-one, COMO. J. R. Palmer USN (13)
  • Following World War II USS Cortland was assigned Occupation and China service in the Far East from 2 September to 7 December 1945 and to Operation Crossroads as a target vessel in 1946
  • Decommissioned 30 December 1946, at Norfolk VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register. date unknown
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 31 March 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 July 1966, to Boston Metals Co.
    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 120/240V D.C.
    two propellers 6,000shp

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    USS Cortland (APA-75)
    DANFS history located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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