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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)
    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
    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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    Dawson 60k 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
    Dawson 93k LTjg Jean M. Jenkins USNR, CIC officer USS Dawson (APA-79) commissioning crew. Neal Jenkins

    USS Dawson (APA-79)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Cass, Richard Stanley, USNR4 February 1945 - 2 April 1946
    02CAPT. Humphreys, Denis Donald2 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
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