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USS Alpine (APA-92)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Kilo
NZUK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2) - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Personnel Awards

Purple Hearts (18 November 1944, Leyte Gulf, 5 KIA, 18 WIA, 1 April 1945, Okinawa, 16 KIA 19 WIA)
Alpine Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 12 April 1943, as SS Sea Arrow a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 281) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 10 July 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 30 September 1943
  • Placed in reduced commission, 30 September 1943, for transit to her conversion yard at Portland, OR., CDR Roger E. Perry, USN (24) (Ferry Crew), in command
  • Decommissioned, 8 October 1943, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Recommissioned, 22 April 1944, CDR. George G. K. Reilly, in command
  • During World War II USS Alpine (APA-92) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and Occupation of Guam, 21 to 27 and 29 July 1943
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October and 18 November 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 16 April 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
     

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    8 to 19 September 1945 
    17 October to 9 November 194517 October to 9 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 5 April 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 10 April 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • USS Alpine earned five battle stars and a Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for merchant service in 1947 renamed SS India Mail
    Resold in 1965, renamed SS Transwestern
    Resold in 1969, renamed SS Buckeye Pacific
    Resold in 1971, renamed SS Empire Pacific
    Final Disposition, scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, October 1971
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,591 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 18.4 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 41
    Enlisted 437
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 91
    Enlisted 1,420
    Staff Accommodations
    Officers 43
    Enlisted 108
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity non-refrigerated 180,500 Cu ft, 4,500 DWT
    Boats
    12 LCVP
    4 LCM (Mk-6)
    3 LCP(L) (MK-IV)
    Armament
    2 single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    18 single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared drive turbine
    two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Alpine 69k USS Alpine (APA-92) underway while a part of the Guam amphibious invasion force, July 1944. Photo taken from USS Ringgold (DD-500), Dwight Spayth collection. John Chiquoine
    Alpine 52k USS Alpine (APA-92) at anchor off Okinawa, 3 April 1945
    undergoing repairs after being hit by a kamikaze two days earlier.
    Note USS Grasp (ARS-24) lies alongside
    US National Archives photo # (80-G-311835), a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Alpine 80k USS Alpine (APA-92) underway near Naval Station, Seattle, WA., 5 July 1945. The two twin 40 mm mounts added forward to some units of this class in mid-1945 are located at the base of the forward pair of kingposts. In this ship, the directors for these mounts were located a third of the way up the kingposts.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. 19-N-90193, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Mike Green
    Alpine 45k USS Alpine (APA-92) anchored off Nagoya, Japan in 1945 just after surrender. Jeffrey P.Costello for his father, Philip J. Costello, MoMM3 USS Alpine 1945-46
    Alpine 45k USS Alpine (APA-92) anchored at Manila Bay, PI, circa 1945. Jeffrey P.Costello for his father, Philip J. Costello, MoMM3 USS Alpine 1945-46
    Alpine 51k USS Alpine (APA-92) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Alpine 55k USS Alpine (APA-92) ship's officers, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Alpine 50k USS Alpine (APA-92) officers, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Alpine 25k USS Alpine (APA-92) commanding officer, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Alpine 64k USS Alpine (APA-92) ship's officers, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Alpine 70k USS Alpine (APA-92) engine room watch standers, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Merchant Service
    Alpine 99k Ex-USS Alpine (APA-92) in merchant service as the Pack & Kahn Inc. SS Transwestern working heavy cargo in the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, April 1968. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Alpine 114k SS Transwestern working heavy cargo in the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, April 1968. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Alpine (APA-92)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
     CDR. Perry, Roger Edison, USN (24)30 September 1943 - 8 October 1943
     Decommissioned8 October 1943 - 22 April 1944
    01CDR. Reilly, George Kenneth Gordon22 April 1944 - 5 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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