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USS Sitka (APA-113)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Uniform
NZVU
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 2 February 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 875) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascaguloa, MS.
  • Launched, 23 June 1944
  • Fitted out as an Attack Transport at Waterman Steamship Co., Mobile, AL.
  • Commissioned USS Sitka (APA-113), 14 March 1945, at Mobile, AL., CAPT. Charles F. M. S. Quinby, in command
  • During World War II USS Sitka was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USNR;
    TransDiv Seventy
  • Following World War II USS Sitka was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    13 to 19 September 19455 to 17 October 1945
     2 to 28 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 14 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 15 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 15 May 1946, at James River National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.,
  • Merchant Service
    To Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Col, Newport News, VA., 17 January 1947, for reconversion to merchant service
    Purchased by Pope & Talbot Inc., 10 July 1947, renamed SS P&T Trader
    Resold in December 1948 to Pacific Argentine Brazil Line,
    Resold to Moore-McCormack Lines Inc., in April 1957, renamed SS Mormacguide
    Resold, 23 November 1964, to American Foreign Steamship Co., renamed SS American Condor
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 August 1976, to Yung Tai Steel and Iron Works, Co. Ltd., Taiwan
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' (lim)
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    Complement
    41 Officers
    437 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodation
    91 Officers
    1,470 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,500 DWT
    non-refrigerated 180,500 Cu. ft.
    Boats
    12 LCVP
    4 LCM (Mk-6)
    3 LCP(L) (MK-IV)
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts, one fore and one aft
    four twin 40mm 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 Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    four turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Sitka 50k USS Sitka (APA-113) at anchor, date and location unknown. Allan Coles USS Sitka
    Sitka 61k USS Sitka (APA-113) moored pierside, date and location unknown. C.E. Camden Signalman First Class USS Sitka
    Sitka 76k USS Sitka (APA-113) at anchor probably in mid or late 1945. One of the two twin 40-mm mounts added to this ship in mid-1945 is clearly visible in an enlarged gun tub to port of the forward kingpost pair. Its director is not visible.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # Unknown
    Mike Green

    USS Sitka (APA-113)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Quinby, Charles Fenton Mercer Spottswood,14 March 1945 - 13 May 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
    Amphibious Forces WWII - APA-113 Sitka
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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