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USS Goshen (APA-108)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Tango - Papa
NZTP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - 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, 31 January 1944, as SS Sea Hare, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1553) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 29 June 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Goshen (APA-108), 13 December 1944, CAPT. Carroll T. Bonney USN (20) in command
  • During World War II USS Goshen was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
    TransDiv Sixty-Five, CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 to 22 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS Goshen was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    5 to 15 September 1945 
    29 September to 17 November 194529 September to 17 November 1945
    30 November to 11 December 1945 

  • Decommissioned, 20 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 2 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Merchant Service
  • Sold, 14 June 1947 to American Mail Lines Ltd., renamed SS Canadian Mail
  • Renamed SS California Mail, 12 December 1963
  • Sold to Waterman Steamship Co., 19 November 1968, renamed SS LaFayette
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 August 1973, to Chi Shun Hua Steel Co. Ltd, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • USS Goshen earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt) 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 25'
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 41
    Enlisted 437
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 92
    Enlisted 1470
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,500 DWT
    non-refrigerated 180,500 cu ft
    Boats
    twelve LCVPs
    four LCM (Mk-6)s
    three LCP(L) (MK-IV)s
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Goshen 83k USS Goshen (APA-108) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Michael Skeen for William G. Hanley, USS Goshen

    USS Goshen (APA-108)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Bonney, Carroll Taber13 December 1944 - August 1945
    02CAPT. Knapp, Robert AndrewAugust 1945 - 20 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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