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USS Crittenden (APA-77)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Oscar - Hotel
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 1870) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 6 November 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 16 January 1945
Commissioned USS Crittenden (APA-77), 17 January 1945, CDR. Cunningham, Paul Crosley USN in command
During World War II USS Crittenden was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
TransDiv Sixty-Three, CAPT. F. M. O'Leary USN (20)
Following World War II USS Crittenden was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 to 10 November 1945
USS Crittenden (APA-77) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.6 (Target Vessel Group - Merchant Type Units - Transport Division 92 (TRANSDIV 92) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 28 August 1946, at Kwajalein Atoll
Towed to San Francisco, 1 January 1947
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 October 1948
Final Disposition, scuttled off San Clemente Island, California after explosives test 5 October 1948
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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||Operation Crossroads prospective target ships and support ships at Pearl Harbor in a photo released, 27 February 1946.
Ships present from front to rear include USS Crittenden (APA-77), USS Catron (APA-71), USS Bracken (APA-64), USS Burleson (APA-67), USS Gilliam (APA-57), Fallon (APA-81), one
unidentified ship, USS Fillmore (APA-83),
USS Kochab (AKS-6),
USS Luna (AKS-7) and an unidentified tanker and liberty ship. Identifiable on the right are USS LSM-203 and USS LSM-465. Further in the background are a floating drydock and a merchant ship hulk with unidentified fittings forward of the bridge.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-702126 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
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||Ex-USS Crittenden (APA-77) off southern California, 5 October 1948, shortly before being sunk in the
Demon 11 maneuvers there. Damaged in the Bikini atomic bomb tests, she was taken to San Francisco for study and then disposed of as an exercise target.
Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # 80-G-396970, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||Ex-USS Crittenden (APA-77) SINKEX, 5 October 1948, off San Diego.
AP Wire photos.
USS Crittenden (APA-77)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR Crosley, Paul Cunningham, USN (USNA 1925)||17 January 1945 - 28 August 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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