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USS Burleigh (APA-95)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from 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)
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 6 July 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 862) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
Launched, 3 December 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 28 March 1944 and placed in reduced commission for transit to her conversion yard at Atlantic Basin Iron Works, Brooklyn, N.Y., LCDR. Hans B. Olsen, USNR (APA Ferry Crew # 5) in command
Placed in reduced commission, 28 March 1944 for transit to her fitting out yard at Brooklyn, N.Y., LCDR. Hans H. B. Olsen USNR (APA Ferry Crew # 5) in command
Decommissioned , 13 April 1944
Fitted out as an Attack Transport at Bethlehem Steel Co., 56th Street Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Recommissioned USS Burleigh (APA-95), 30 October 1944, at Brooklyn, N.Y., CDR. David Glass Greenlee Jr. in command
During World War II USS Burleigh was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Eighteen, (flagship) COMO. J. G. Moyer USN (14);
TransDiv Fifty-Two and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 10 April 1945
Following World War II USS Burleigh was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 1 October 1945
Decommissioned, 11 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 12 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
USS Burleigh earned one battle star for her World War II service
Picked up for tow by Moran Towing and Transportation, 26 November 1946, at Lee Hall, VA. for transfer to Yonkers, N.Y.
Delivered to Blair Shipyard Inc., Yonkers, N.Y. 29 November 1946, for reconversion for merchant service
Towed, 16 May 1947 to Todd Shipyard, Hoboken, N.J. for drydocking
Sold by the Maritime Commission for merchant service, 26 June 1947, to Matson Navigation Co., renamed SS Hawaiian Pilot
Resold, 8 May 1961, to Oceanic Steamship Co., (Matson subsidiary) renamed SS Sonoma
Resold, 21 January 1971, to Far East Line Inc.
Resold, 17 March 1972, to Excelsior Marine Corp., renamed SS Noma
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Taiwan, 12 June 1973, to Dah Yung Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 26' 6"
Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 85,000 cu. ft
four LCM (Mk-6)s
three LCP(L) (MK-IV)s
two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts, one fore and one aft
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel 750 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared drive turbine
two Foster-Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 400Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Burleigh (APA-95) underway in April 1944, during her ferry voyage to her conversion yard. Note the standard rig of the Ingalls-built ships as delivered by Ingalls: a goal post and two kingposts forward and the same aft. The temporary armament for the ferry trip is probably one 5"/51 gun aft and one 3"/50 forward.
US National Archives, RG-80-G, Photo No. 80-G-224827 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Burleigh (APA-95) underway near New York, 5 November 1944, after completing conversion. This is an excellent view of the two deckhouses added to make the ship a Relief AGC: one on top of the superstructure aft of the stack and one lower down between the after set of Welin davits. The apparent height of the deckhouse abaft the stack was increased by the bulwarks around its top, which was fitted as an open bridge for the embarked flag officer.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM (also 80-G), Photo No. Unknown (also 80-G-286967) a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Burleigh (APA-95) underway, 5 November 1945, location unknown. Burleigh was one of several attack transports completed as, or modified as relief AGCs, usable as overall flagships for an amphibious operation. Her special function is indicated by the two big deckhouses erected abaft her funnel. Otherwise, unlike an AGC, she functioned as an attack transport.
US Navy photo, and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
||USS Burleigh (APA-95) in San Francisco Bay in 1946. She was taking part in "Magic Carpet", the operation mounted by the Navy to bring the troops home after WWII.
||CDR Lou Chirillo USN Ret
CDR Chirillo was Engineering Officer in Burleigh
| Merchant Service
Matson Navigation Co.
Oceanic Steamship Co.
||Ex-USS Burleigh (APA-95) in merchant service as the Matson Navigation Co. freighter SS Hawaiian Pilot underway, probably in San Francisco Bay, circa June 1947 - May 1961. Photo originally published in the Matson collection.
||Ex-USS Burleigh (APA-95) in merchant service as the Oceanic Steamship Co. (Matson subsidiary) freighter SS Sonoma moored pierside at San Francisco, circa May 1961 - January 1971. Photo originally published in the Matson collection.
USS Burleigh (APA-95)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
| ||LCDR. Olsen, Hans Bernard USNR (Ferry Crew #5)||28 March 1944 - 31 March 1944|
| ||Decommissioned||13 April 1944 - 30 October 1944|
|01||CDR. Greenlee Jr., David Glass||30 October 1944 - 6 June 1945|
|02||CAPT. Wrenn, Paul George||6 June 1945 - 11 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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