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USS Grafton (APA-109)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Zulu
NZUZ
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, 3 March 1944, as SS Sea Sparrow, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1554) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 10 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Grafton (APA-109), 5 January 1945, at San Francisco, CA., CAPT. Campbell D. Emory USN in command
  • During World War II USS Grafton was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USN;
    TransDiv Seventy-Two, CAPT. H.Y. McCown USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 to 28 June 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 25 September 1945
    19 to 24 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 16 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS Grafton earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 17 May 1946, at the James River National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Merchant Service
    Moran Towing and Transportation, 4 December 1946, for towing from Lee Hall, VA. to Bayonne, N.J.
    Entered Constable Hook Shipyard, Bayonne, N.J., 6 December 1946 for reconversion to merchant service
    Custody transferred, 20 June 1947, to American Mail Line under at General Agency Agreement
    Drydocked at Maryland Dry Dock, Baltimore, MD. 29 June 1947, for reconversion
    Purchased by American Mail Line Ltd, at Norfolk, VA. 11 September 1947, renamed SS Java Mail
    Sold to Waterman Steamship Corporation, 9 October 1969, renamed SS Carrier Dove
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 February 1975, to Chin Tai Steel Enterprises Co. Ltd, Taiwan
    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
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Grafton 97k USS Grafton (APA-109) commissioning ceremony, 5 January 1945, at Pier 27, San Francisco, CA. Submitted by John Dupre' for his father-in-law CWO2 Edmund H. Cokely USN, Asst Electrical Officer USS Grafton.
    Grafton 356k USS Grafton (APA-109) commissioning ceremony, 5 January 1945, at Pier 27, San Francisco, CA. The tall officer at left in the third row is Ted de Vries, to his left is Dee Patterson. Submitted by Dan Patterson for his father ENS. Dee Patterson USS Grafton
    Grafton 369k USS Grafton (APA-109) Officers and Chief Petty Officers and the ship's mascot Half Hitch. Half Hitch was a pet of the carpenters and lived in their shop. Note on the rear bulkhead the builders plate that identifies Western Pipe and Steel as the builder of the ship. Photo taken probably taken at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 26 May 1945. Submitted by John Dupre' for his father-in-law CWO2 Edmund H. Cokely USN, Asst Electrical Officer USS Grafton
    Grafton 109k USS Grafton (APA-109) anchored at Kossol Passage, Palau, 14 May 1945. "Colors at half mast- colors rendered upon death of President" (Franklin Delano Roosevelt died 12 April 1945). Submitted by Dan Patterson for his father ENS. Dee Patterson USS Grafton
    Grafton 329k USS Grafton (APA-109) Division photo taken at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 26 May 1945. ENS. Dee Patterson at far left, ENS. Ted de Vries at far right. Submitted by Dan Patterson for his father ENS. Dee Patterson USS Grafton
    Grafton 402k USS Grafton (APA-109) anchored in Kossol Passage, Palau, 14 May 1945.
    U.S. Navy photograph.
    Robert Hurst and
    John Dupre' for his father-in-law CWO2 Edmund H. Cokely USN, Asst Electrical Officer USS Grafton and
    Robert Hurst
    Grafton 212k Probably a boxing match between crew members of USS Grafton (APA-109) and crew members of USS Crockett (APA-148) at Angaur Island, Palaus Islands, Western Caroline Islands Group the week of 3 June 1945. Submitted by John Dupre' for his father-in-law CWO-2 Edmund H. Cokely USN, Asst Electrical Officer USS Grafton.
    Grafton 173k USS Grafton (APA-109) with Japanese POWs on board. On 28 June 1945 at Okinawa Grafton loaded 1,000 Japanese POWs and transported them to Pearl Harbor via Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands. Submitted by John Dupre' for his father-in-law CWO-2 Edmund H. Cokely USN, Asst Electrical Officer USS Grafton.
    Grafton 37k USS Grafton (APA-109) at Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, circa late 1945. Submitted by R.D. Davis MD. (AETM 2/c) in honor of Bailey Drew Adair (dec.) USS Grafton
    Grafton 54k USS Grafton (APA-109), at right, and USS Alamance (AKA-75), at left, moored pierside at Sasebo, Japan, 1945 Submitted by John Dupre' for his father-in-law CWO2 Edmund H. Cokely USN, Asst Electrical Officer USS Grafton
    Grafton 416k USS Grafton (APA-109) wardroom shared by both Officers and Chief Petty Officers. Submitted by John Dupre' for his father-in-law CWO2 Edmund H. Cokely USN, Asst Electrical Officer USS Grafton
    Grafton 156k USS Grafton (APA-109) loading a caterpillar tractor with a long A frame boom, date and location unknown. Submitted by John Dupre' for his father-in-law CWO2 Edmund H. Cokely USN, Asst Electrical Officer USS Grafton
    Grafton
    Fireroom
    227k USS Grafton (APA-109) engineering spaces, circa 1945-46. The officer in the engineroom photo is probably Ted de Vries. Submitted by Dan Patterson for his father ENS. Dee Patterson USS Grafton
    Grafton
    Engineroom
    267k
    Grafton 156k USS Grafton (APA-109) ship's party program, 20 November 1945 Barbara Vinsant
    Merchant Service American Mail SS Co.
    Grafton 424k Ex-USS Grafton (APA-109) under way while in merchant service as the American Mail Lines SS Java Mail departing Vancouver, B.C. circa late-1950s-early-1960s.
    Photo © F. K. Byass.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Grafton (APA-109)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Emory, Campbell Dallas, USN (USNA 1921b)5 January 1942 - 16 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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