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USS Shelby (APA-105)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - November
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)
Windsor Class Attack Transport
Laid down, 13 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1678) at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Sparrows Point, MD.
Launched, 25 October 1944
Commissioned USS Shelby (APA-105), 20 January 1945, CAPT. John J. Fallon USNR in command
During World War II USS Shelby was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Eleven, COMO. D.W. Loomis USN (18);
TransDiv Thirty-Two, CAPT. C.W. Weitzel and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 to 8 May 1945
Following World War II USS Shelby was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 6 to 28 September 1945
USS Shelby also was assigned to the US Naval Technical Mission to Japan
Decommissioned, 14 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
USS Shelby earned one battle star for her World War II service
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 16 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Sold for commercial service by the Maritime Commission, 4 November 1948, to American Export Lines, renamed SS Exeter
Resold, 24 September 1965, renamed SS Oriental Pearl, re-flagged Liberian
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1974
Displacement 7,970 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
two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 12,330 Bbls
Diesel 675 Bbls
one Bethlehem Shipbuilding geared drive turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox d-type boilers,450psi 750°
double Falk Main Reduction Gear
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
one propeller, 8,000shp
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|USS Shelby (APA-105)
||USS Shelby (APA-105) off Sparrows Point in Chesapeake Bay, 20 January 1945, the day she was commissioned. The later ships of this class were completed with two twin 40-mm antiaircraft mounts aft instead of the quadruple 1.1" mounts in the first ships of the class.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-77401, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Shelby (APA-105) off Sparrows Point in Chesapeake Bay, 20 January 1945. Note that she had no set of triple Welin davits forward.
US Navy photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
||USS Shelby (APA-105) during the initial landing at Sasebo, Japan, 22 September 1945.
||Ronnie Owens in honor of his father Marvin H. Owens MM2/c USS Shelby (deceased May, 1984).
| Merchant Service
American Export Lines
||SS Exeter (ex-USS Shelby (APA-105)) underway in American Export Line colors, date and location unknown. Archival photo ©Vic Young.
USS Shelby (APA-105)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. Fallon, John James||20 January 1945 - 14 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 18 July 2014
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