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USS Dawson (APA-79)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Oscar - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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 (date unknown) as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1872) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 27 November 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 3 February 1945
Commissioned USS Dawson (APA-79), 4 February 1945, LCDR. Richard S. Cass, DE-V(G) USNR, in command
During World War II USS Dawson was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Dawson was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 to 27 September 1945
|19 to 24 October 1945
USS Dawson (APA-79) 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
Struck from the Naval Register, 30 April 1948
Final Disposition, sunk by gunfire from USS Helena (CA-75) off Kwajalein Atoll, 18 April 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
Ships Service Generators
one turbo-drive 250kW 450V A.C.
one turbo-drive 150kW 450V A.C
one turbo-drive100kW 120/240V D.C.
two propellers 6,000shp
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||USS Dawson (APA-79) underway in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946.
US Navy photo # NH 98716 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
|US Naval Historical Center
||LTjg Jean M. Jenkins USNR, CIC officer USS Dawson (APA-79) commissioning crew.
USS Dawson (APA-79)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Cass, Richard Stanley, USNR||4 February 1945 - 2 April 1946|
|02||CAPT. Humphreys, Denis Donald||2 April 1946 - 20 September 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
USS Dawson (APA-79) Commissioning Program
Last Updated 6 April 2018
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