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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
Decommissioned, 20 September 1946, and scuttled at Kwajalein Atoll
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sunk by gunfire from USS Helena (CA-75) off Kwajalein Atoll, 19 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.
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USS Dawson (APA-79)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 18 November 2011
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