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USS Mendocino (APA-100)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Whiskey - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top 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, 20 September 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission (MC hull 866) contract at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
Launched, 11 February 1944
Acquired by the Navy, 19 May 1944
Placed in reduced commission, 19 May 1944, LCDR. Hans B. Olsen, USNR (APA Ferry Crew # 5), in command for ferrying to her conversion yard, Bethlehem Steel Co., Hoboken, N.J.
Decommissioned, 3 June 1944, at Hoboken
Converted to an Attack Transport
Recommissioned USS Mendocino (APA-100), 31 October 1944, CAPT. Walton R. Read USNR in command
During World War II USS Mendocino was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Nineteen (flagship), COMO. C. D. Edgar USN (12);
TransDiv Fifty-Five and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
Following World War II USS Mendocino was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 26 February 1946, at New York, N.Y.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
USS Mendocino earned one battle star for World War II service
Sold, 19 March 1947, to Pope and Talbot Steamship Co,, renamed SS P and T Seafarer
Sold, April 1957, to Moore-McCormack Lines Inc., renamed SS Mormacwind
Sold, August 1966, to Grace Lines Inc., renamed SS Santa Eliana Owner remained Prudential-Grace Lines, after merger, 18 December 1969
Sold, 1 February 1973, to Dolphin Lines Inc., renamed SS Eliana
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 April 1973, to Sing Chang Tung Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., Taiwan
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|12 to 27 October 1945
|4 to 12 December 1945
Displacement 7,950 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 26' 6"
Speed 18.4 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 180,000 cu. ft.
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 8,510 Bbls
Diesel 750 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double General Electric Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 400Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 8,500shp
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|USS Mendocino (APA-100)
||USS Mendocino (APA-100) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||USS Mendocino (APA-100) underway during her shakedown cruise, circa October 1944, in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mendocino is painted in camouflage scheme ds14.
US National Archives Photo # NA 19-N-74029 and 19-N-74030, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos.
|John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Darryl Baker, courtesy Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
| Merchant Service
Pope & Talbot Steamship Co.
Moore McCormack Lines
||Ex-USS Mendocino (APA-100) arriving Vancouver, B.C., 2 April 1955, while in commercial service as the
Pope & Talbot Co. freighter SS P & T Seafarer.
Photos by Walter E. Frost
|City of Vancouver Archives
||Ex-USS Mendocino (APA-100) departing Vancouver, B.C., circa 1957-1966, while in commercial service as the Moore-McCormack Lines freighter SS Mormacwind.
Photo originally ©A. Duncan.
||Ex-USS Mendocino (APA-100) arriving Vancouver, B.C., circa 1969-1973, while in commercial service as the Prudential - Grace Line freighter SS Santa Eliana.
Photo originally ©M. Cassar.
USS Mendocino (APA-100)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
| ||LCDR, Olsen, Hans Bernard, USNR (Ferry Command)||19 May 1944 - 23 June 1944|
| ||Decommissioned||3 June 1944 - 31 October 1944|
|01||CAPT. Read, Walton Runnells, USNR||31 October 1944 - 19 June 1945|
|02||CAPT. Monroe, Jr., Frank, USNR :RADM||19 June 1945 - 16 August 1945|
|03||LCDR. Nissen, Richard D., USNR||16 August 1945 - 16 November 1945|
|04||CDR. MacLeod, Harry B. USNR||16 November 1945 - 16 December 1945|
|05||CAPT. Monroe Jr., Frank, USNR :RADM||16 December 1945 - 12 January 1946|
|06||CDR. MacLeod, Harry B. USNR||12 January 1946 - 22 February 1946|
|07||LCDR. Hughes, George N., USNR||22 February 1946 - 26 February 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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