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USS Adair (APA-91)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Windsor Class Attack Transport:
Laid down in 1943 as SS Exchester a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 594) at Bethlehem-Sparrow Point Shipyard, Sparrow Point, MD.
Launched in 1944
Commissioned USS Adair (APA-91), 15 July 1944, CAPT. Samuel Pancoast Comly Jr. in command
During World War II USS Adair was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Fifteen, CAPT. W.S. Popham USN (14);
TransDiv Forty-Four, CAPT. J. H. Seyfried USN and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landings, 11 to 12 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
Following World War II USS Adair was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|16 to 26 October 1945||16 to 30 December 1945
Decommissioned, 30 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 3 May 1946, for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
Sold, 23 May1947, to American Export Lines, Inc., New York, N.Y. renamed SS Express
American Export Isbrandtsen Lines, Inc., renamed SS Express, 8 June 1964
Sold to Mutual Steamship Operating Co., 6 February 1970, renamed SS Press
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 May 1970 to Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corp., Taiwan
USS Adair earned two battle stars for her World War II service
Displacement 7,950 t.(lt), 13,143 t.(fl)
Length 473' 1"
Speed 18.6 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 1,600 DWT
non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu. ft.
two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
two twin 20mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 12,330 Bbls
Diesel 675 Bbls
one Bethlehem geared turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double Falk Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single shaft, design shaft horsepower 8,000
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||USS Adair (APA-91) near the Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 August 1944. In this and later ships of this class, the pair of Welin davits located near the bow in the first two ships of the class was omitted.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-71987, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Adair (APA-91) underway, circa 1944, location unknown.
US Navy photo.
||USS Adair (APA-91) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the 1946 cruise book.
||Sketch of USS Adair (APA-91) by Chief Quartermaster Russell Gibbs USN USS Adair (APA-91)
||Joseph S. Cooper with the permission of Russell Gibbs
USS Adair (APA-91)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. Comly Jr., Samuel Pancoast||15 July 1944 - 23 July 1945|
|02||CAPT. Lee, Clarence Vaille||23 July 1945 - 1946|
|02||CDR. Daix, John R.||1946 - 30 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Adair APA-91
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 18 July 2014
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