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USS Geneva (APA-86)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Sierra - Victor
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 Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1879) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 31 January 1945
  • Acquired by the Navy, 21 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Geneva (APA-86), 22 March 1945, CDR. Peter J. Neimo, in command
  • During World War II USS Geneva was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USN;
    TransDiv Seventy-Two, CAPT. H.Y. McCown USN (18)
  • Following World War II USS Geneva was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 28 September 194529 September to 24 November 1945

  • USS Geneva (APA-86) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.6 (Target Vessel Group - Merchant Type Units - Transport Division 93 (TRANSDIV 93) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 23 January 1947, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1947
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 2 April 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Repair Program General Agency Agreement, Grace Lines Inc., 18 April 1955
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 6 July 1955, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 October 1966, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp. (PD-X-741 dated 21 September 1966) for $66,300.00, withdrawn from the Wilmington Reserve Fleet, 2 November 1966, scrapping completed 17 January 1967
    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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    Geneva 69k USS Geneva (APA-86) underway in San Francisco Bay, CA., probably in December 1945. She is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States, probably as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."
    US Navy photo # NH 98724 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Geneva 59k USS Geneva (APA-86) underway circa 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 74299 courtesy Donald M. McPherson, 1971., US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Geneva (APA-86)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Neimo, Peter James22 March 1945 - 2 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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