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USS Baxter (APA-94)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Tango
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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Sumter Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 18 March 1943, as SS Antinous, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-E1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 483) at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp. Chickasaw, AL>.
  • Launched, 19 September 1943
  • Name changed to Baxter date unknown
  • Acquired by the Navy, 30 November 1943 and placed in commission "in ordinary" for transit to her conversion yard at Atlantic Basin Iron Works, Brooklyn, N.Y., CDR. Hans H. B. Olsen, USNR (APA Ferry Crew # 5) in command
  • Decommissioned at Brooklyn, date unknown
  • Recommissioned USS Baxter (APA-94), 15 May 1944, CAPT. Valvin R. Sinclair USN in command
  • During World War II USS Baxter was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Thirteen, COMO. M.O. Carlson USN (16);
    TransDiv Thirty-Nine, CAPT. G.E. Maynard and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, Dulag, 20 October and 18 November 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 6 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    5 to 13 November 1945
    31 December 1945 to 7 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 22 March 1946, at Mobile, AL. and returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • USS Baxter earned four battle stars for her World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
    Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 12 July 1946 under a General Agency Agreement for towing to Gulf Ship Building Corp., Chickasaw AL.
    Towed, 22 October 1946, under a General Agency Agreement by Moran Towing Co from Chickasaw, AL. to Hoboken, N.J.
    Arrived, 2 November 1946, at Todd Shipyard, Hoboken, N.J. for reconversion to merchant service
    Bare Bottom charter, 10 November 1964, to Waterman Steamship Corp., Mobile. AL.
    Sold for Merchant service, 24 March 1947 to Waterman Steamship Corp., Mobile, AL, renamed SS La Salle
    Returned to the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.(trade-in), 17 November 1966
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 March 1968, to Pinto Island Metals Co. (PD-X-794 dated 9 February 1968) for $48,000.00, withdrawn from the Mobile Reserve Fleet, 18 March 1968
    Displacement 13,910 t.(fl)
    Length 468' 8"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 23' 3"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 498
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 95
    Enlisted 1,422
    Cargo Capacity 1,400 DWT
    non-refrigerated 170,000 Cu ft.
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,575 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    one General Electric geared drive turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw, 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Baxter (APA-94)
    Baxter 570k USS Baxter (APA-94) underway, date and location unknown. Russ Padden from the material of Frank E. Kwascigroh SKG3 USS Baxter
    Baxter 579k USS Baxter (APA-94) at anchor, date and location unknown. Russ Padden from the material of Frank E. Kwascigroh SKG3 USS Baxter
    Baxter 96k USS Baxter (APA-94) at San Diego, Calif., circa February 1946 with homeward-bound troops on deck.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 83468 courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service Waterman S.S. Corp.
    Baxter 105k Ex-USS Baxter (APA-94) in merchant service as the Waterman Steamship. Corps SS La Salle being taken to her berth at Bremen, Germany, circa 1955. Gerhard Mueller Debus
    Baxter 112k SS La Salle berthed at Bremen, Germany, circa 1955. Gerhard Mueller Debus
    Baxter 51k SS La Salle departing Bremerhaven in February 1964. Photo by Gerhard Mueller Debus
    Baxter 370k SS La Salle in Waterman Steam Ship Co. colors underway on the Mississippi River, date unknown.
    Original copyright by Alex Duncan.
    Gerhard Mueller Debus

    USS Baxter (APA-94)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     CDR. Olsen, Hans Bernard, USNR (Ferry Crew #5)30 November 1943 - ?
     Decommissioned? - 15 May 1944
    01CAPT. Sinclair, Valvin Robinson15 May 1944 - 11 July 1945
    02CAPT. Brady, Jr., Upton Singluff11 July 1945 - 22 March 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 Baxter (APA-94)
    MARAD Vessel History Database

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