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USS Dutchess (APA-98)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Quebec
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
Windsor Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1676) at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Sparrow Point Shipyard, Sparrow Point, MD.
Launched, 26 August 1944
Commissioned USS Dutchess (APA-98), 4 November 1944, CDR. Aubrey B. Leggett in command
During World War II USS Dutchess was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
TransRon Eighteen, COMO. J.G. Moyer USN (14);
TransDiv Fifty-Three, CAPT. W.N. Thornton USN and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 8 May 1945
Following World War II USS Dutchess was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 September to 9 November 1945
Decommissioned, 4 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 5 April 1946, for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Sold for merchant service to American Export-Isbrandtsen Lines, 22 September 1948, renamed SS Excalibur
Resold to C. Y. Tung, Hong Kong, 17 September 1965, renamed SS Oriental Jade, reflagged Liberian
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1974
USS Dutchess earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 7,950 t.(lt), 13,143 t.(fl)
Length 473' 1"
Speed 18.6 kts.
Cargo Capacity non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu. ft., 1,600DWT.
two 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 12,330 Bbls
Diesel 675 Bbls
one Bethlehem Shipbuilding 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 Duchess (APA-98)
||USS Dutchess (APA-98) probably photographed in Chesapeake Bay upon completion of conversion in November 1944.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-73675, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Dutchess (APA-98) anchored, date and location unknown.
||Submitted by Mrs. Linda Wichmann Scriven for her father H.S. Wichmann USS Dutchess
||USS Dutchess (APA-98) anchored, 1945, location unknown.
||Henry Wristen USS Dutchess
||Navy "Smoker" aboard USS Dutchess (APA-98), date and location unknown.
| Merchant Service
American Export Lines /
Oriental Overseas Container Line Ltd.
||Ex-USS Dutchess (APA-98) in merchant service as the American Export Liner SS Excalibur, circa mid-1950s-early-1960s, location unknown.
||Ex-USS Dutchess (APA-98) in merchant service as Orient Overseas Line's SS Oriental Jade, date and location unknown.
||SS Oriental Jade in merchant service as the C. Y. Tung Lines cargo vessel, moored pierside at Yokohama, Japan, 17 November 1973. Note the "added-on" bow portion.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS Dutchess (APA-98)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Leggett, Aubrey Bartram||4 November 1944 - 6 March 1946|
|02||LCDR. Stevenson, Raymond||6 March 1946 - 2 April 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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 5 November 2014
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