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USS Elkhart (APA-80)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Oscar - Quebec
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 a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1873) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 5 December 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 7 February 1945,
  • Commissioned USS Elkhart (APA-80), 8 February 1945, LCDR. Charles L. Frazier, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Elkhart was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO. A.S. Witherspoon;
    TransDiv Sixty-Seven, COMO. A.S. Witherspoon
  • Following World War II USS Elkhart was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    7 September to 28 December 19457 September to 29 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 12 April 1946, at Seattle, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 28 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 January 1964, to Zidell Explorations Inc. (PD-X-652 dated 11 December 1963) for $103,811.81, withdrawn for the Olympia Reserve Fleet 12 February 1964, scrapping completed, 15 June 1964
    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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    Elkhart 27k USS Elkhart (APA-80) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Robert Hurst

    USS Elkhart (APA-80)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Frazier, Charles Leonard, USNR8 February 1945 - 5 December 1945
    02CDR. Oden, Solomon Frederick, USN (USNA 1924)5 December 1945 - 2 April 1946
    03LT. Schooler, Charles Lindley, USN2 April 1946 - 12 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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