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USS Dauphin (APA-97)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Lima
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 (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1675) at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Sparrow Point Shipyard, Sparrow Point, MD.
Launched 10 June 1944
Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Dauphin (APA-97), 23 September 1944, CDR. Bailey Connelly in command
During World War II USS Dauphin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 30 April 1945
Following World War II USS Dauphin 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
|25 October to 6 November 1945
Decommissioned, 3 April 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
USS Dauphin earned one battle star for World War II service
1948 - Refurbished as passenger-cargo ship, SS Exochorda, for American Export Lines for service between New York the Mediterranean
1959 - 1967 Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, Jones Point, N.Y.
November 1967 - Renamed SS Stevens for service as a floating dormitory
Final Disposition, Partially dismantled in Chester, PA. from 1975 to 1979, resold to scrappers at Kearny, N.J. in March 1979
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.
one 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 12,230 Bbls
Diesel 675 Bbls
one Bethlehem Ship Building 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 propeller, 8,000shp
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||USS Dauphin (APA-97) at anchor while unloading troops, date and location unknown.
| Merchant Service
American Export Lines
||Ex-USS Dauphin (APA-97) underway as the American-Export Lines passenger-cargo ship SS Exochorda, circa 1950. SS Exochorda was a member of the post-war quartet of ships known as the new "4 Aces" of the American Export Lines.
||Ex-USS Dauphin (APA-97) moored at the Eighth Street Pier on the Hoboken, N.J. campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology. In the background is the 24-story Stevens Institute of Technology Student Center building. SS Stevens served a floating dormitory from 1968 to 1975 for about 150 students of the Institute. The view is toward the west, from Manhattan, across the Hudson River. Photo by Lou Gardella, as indicated on the original postcard.
||SS Stevens (lower left) docked on the Hudson River, across from New York City, pictured here with RMS Queen Elizabeth, 30 October 1968. Photo by Louis Gardella, as indicated on the original postcard.
||SS Stevens the permanently moored dormitory ship, was accessible via the main gangplank "A" deck (center), and the lower level
"B" gangplank on the far left.
Photo taken, 23 May 1975, by Bill Walendzinski.
USS Dauphin (APA-97)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Connelly, Bailey, USN (USNA 1920)||23 September 1944 - 3 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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