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USS Gasconade (APA-85)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Sierra - Papa
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, 7 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1878) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 23 January 1945
Acquired by the Navy 10 March 1945
Commissioned USS Gasconade (APA-85), 11 March 1945, LCDR. Allen E. Stiff, in command
During World War II USS Gasconade was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-four, COMO. E. L. Short;
TransDiv Seventy-one., CAPT. W. P. Davis USN (17)
Following World War II USS Gasconade was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 to 4 September 1945
|28 September to 11 October 1945
USS Gasconade (APA-85) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.6 (Target Vessel Group - Merchant Type Units - Transport Division 94 (TRANSDIV 94) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 28 August 1946, in the Marshall Islands
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sunk by torpedoes off the California coast, 21 July 1948
Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
Speed 16.9 kts.
Cargo Capacity 85,000 cu. ft., 2,600 t.
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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||Four Gilliam-class attack transports at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Oahu, Hawaii, 27 February 1946, as they are readied for Operation "Crossroads": USS Appling (APA-58) lies outboard (top) of sister ships USS Barrow (APA-61), USS Brule (APA-66) and USS Gasconade (APA-85).
US Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command
||Ex-USS Gasconade (APA-85) being sunk as a target ship, 21 July 1948.
US Navy photos from "Navy Naval Aviation News" November 1948.
USS Gasconade (APA-85)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Stiff, Allen Edward||11 March 1945 - 28 August 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 19 February 2016
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