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USS Cullman (APA-78)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Oscar - Kilo
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 (date unknown) as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1871) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 17 November 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 24 January 1945
Commissioned USS Cullman (APA-78), 25 January 1945, LCDR. William B. Dell, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Cullman was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
TransDiv Sixty-Five (flagship), CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18)
Following World War II USS Cullman was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 8 September 1945||29 September to 6 October 1945
|24 to 28 September 1945||22 October to 22 November 1945
|27 to 29 January 1946||
Decommissioned, 22 May 1946, at San Francisco
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 30 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register in July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 September 1965, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp.
Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
Speed 16.9 kts.
Cargo Capacity 85,000 cu. ft., 2,600 t.
NSFO 9,695 Bbls
Diesel 375 Bbls
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA radar-directed gun mounts
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
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 120V/240V D.C.
two propellers 6,000shp
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||USS Cullman (APA-78) underway in San Francisco Bay, CA., between December 1945 and February 1946. Cullman is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet.".
US Navy photo # NH 98713 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 Cullman (APA-78)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Dell, William B.||25 January 1945 - 20 October 1945|
|02||LCDR. Harding, Albert B.||20 October 1945 - 2 April 1946|
|03||CAPT. Pancoast, Leonidas Walthall :RADM||2 April 1946 - 22 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 14 February 2014
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