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USS Garrard (APA-84)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - November - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)

Gilliam Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1877) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 13 January 1945
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 2 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Garrard (APA-84), 3 March 1945, at San Pedro, CA., LCDR. Walter Barnett, Jr., in command
  • During WWII USS Garrard was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USNR;
    TransDiv Seventy and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 27 to 30 June 1945
    3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 22 July and 13 to 15 August 1945

  • Following World War II USS Garrard was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 May 1946, at Bellingham, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 May 1946
  • USS Garrard earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 April 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 May 1965, in a two ship deal to Zidell Explorations Inc, Portland, OR. (PD-X-692) for $137,000.00 withdrawn from the Olympia Reserve Fleet, 14 October 1946, scrapping completed at Bellingham WA., 29 September 1965

    Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16.9'
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 295
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 47
    Enlisted 802
    Cargo Capacity 85,000 cu. ft., 2,600 t.
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Garrard 105k USS Garrard (APA-84) at anchor in Sagami Bay, Japan, 30 August 1945. Photo by LT Strang MC USNR, Garrard Medical Officer Richard F. Appleton
    Garrard 76k USS Garrard (APA-84) Officers, Ulithi, April 1945. Tom McInteer
    Garrard 89k USS Garrard (APA-84) Officers, Leyte, 6 July 1945. Tom McInteer
    Garrard 63k USS Garrard (APA-84) Boat Group, Philippines, 1945. Tom McInteer
    Garrard 63k USS Garrard (APA-84) Boat Group, date and location unknown. Tom McInteer
    Garrard 76k Boat Group staff and cox'ns aboard USS Garrard (APA-84) near Okinawa, 10 August 1945. Photo provided by CDR. David Rodney Rehmeyer, top left. R. Potter
    Garrard 96k USS Garrard (APA-84) Commanding Officer and staff of boat group following unopposed landing of U.S. Marines at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. Photo provided by CDR David Rodney Rehmeyer (second from left, back row). R. Potter
    Garrard 119k Starboard views of the USS Garrard (APA-84) with two LCVPs alongside and decks crowded with soldiers and crew in late-August, 1945, as seen from USS Ancon (AGC-4). Part of Task Force 31, Garrard arrived at Tokyo Bay, 27 August 1945, and debarked her troops at Yokosuka on 30 August.
    Life Magazine Archives, John Florea Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    Mike Green
    Garrard 119k
    Garrard 104k The battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) transfers sailors at sea to USS Garrard (APA-84) for occupation duty in Japan, between 17 and 20 August 1945.
    US Navy photo from the USS Massachusetts (BB-59) World War II cruise book.
    Robert Hurst
    Garrard 75k USS Garrard (APA-84) photographed from USS Alabama (BB-60), probably while replenishing units of the Third Fleet off Japan in July or August 1945. Note the fenders rigged to port and the mast and director of the destroyer steaming alongside to starboard.
    US Navy photo # NH 72638 Courtesy Donald. M. McPherson, 1970, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Garrard 111k USS Garrard (APA-84) at anchor with troops on deck circa 1945-1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 98900 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Garrard 73k USS Garrard (APA-84) in San Francisco Bay, CA., probably in early 1946 returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."
    US Navy photo # NH 98723 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Garrard (APA-84)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Barnett Jr., Walter, USNR3 March 1945 - 2 April 1946
    02CDR. Stein, Julius Otto, USNR2 April 1946 - 2 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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