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USS Cecil (APA-96)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Golf
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 (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 24 June 1943, as SS Sea Angler a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1544) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 26 February 1944
Placed in reduced commission, 27 February 1944, as USS Cecil (APA-96) for transit to her fitting out yard at Portland, OR.
Fitted out as an Attack Transport at Continental Iron Works, Portland, OR.
Placed in full commission 15 September 1944, CAPT. Peter G. Hale in command
During World War II USS Cecil was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Sixteen(flagship), COMO J. R. McGovern USN;
TransDiv Forty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 15 April 1945
Following World War II USS Cecil was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 to 10 September 1945
|5 to 11 October 1945
Decommissioned 24 May 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 25 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold, 7 August 1947, to Isthmian Steamship Co, renamed SS Steel Admiral
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1973
USS Cecil earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 18,000 t.(fl)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 26' 6"
Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 180,500 cu. ft, 4,500 DWT
Boats 12 LCVP, 4 LCM (Mk-6), 3 LCP(L) (MK-IV)
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
NSFO 8,510 Bbls
one General Electric geared drive turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 1465psi 765°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 200Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 8,500shp
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|USS Cecil (APA-96)
||USS Cecil (APA-96) in the harbor at Batangas, Luzon, P.I., August 1945
||Ex-USS Cecil (APA-96) underway while in merchant service as the Isthmian Steam Ship Co. cargo vessel SS Steel Admiral
Original copyright by Alex Duncan.
USS Cecil (APA-96)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. Hale, Peter Gerald||15 September 1944 - 28 December 1944|
|02||CAPT. Lyon, George Dunham||28 DEcember 1944 - 15 August 1945|
|03||CAPT. Casey, Thomas Joseph||15 August 1945 - 24 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 23 August 2013
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|