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USS Presidio (APA-88)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Tango - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Gilliam Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down 6 December 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1881) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 17 February 1945
  • Acquired by the Navy, 8 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Presidio (APA-88), 9 April 1945, LCDR. Edgar Johnson USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Presidio was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    3rd Fleet Operations against Japan, 14 to 21 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS Presidio was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    14 September to 2 October 1945
    5 to 20 November 1945
    1 to 10 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Towed to San Francisco in early 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
  • Presidio earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 September 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 June 1965, to Zidell Explorations Inc. (PD-X-696 dated 20 May 1965) for $76,115.15, withdrawn from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, 26 July 1965, scrapping completed 28 July 1970

    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 2,600 DWT
    non-refrigerated 85,000 cu. ft.
    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
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
    one turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two propellers 6,000shp

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    Presidio 60k USS Presidio (APA-88) in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 98743 donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003, to the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Presidio 62k USS Presidio (APA-88) in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 83405 courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Presidio (APA-88)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Johnson, Edgar USNR9 April 1945 - 25 March 1946
    02CDR. Snyder, Charles Robert25 March 1946 - 20 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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