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USS Hampton (APA-115)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Whiskey - Oscar
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, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull 876) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS.
Launched, 25 August 1944
Commissioned USS Hampton (APA-115), 17 February 1945, CDR. William H. Ferguson USN (19) in command.
During World War II USS Hampton was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Hampton was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|12 September to 9 October 1945||10 to 13 October 1945
Decommissioned, 30 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
Sold for commercial service to Pope and Talbot Inc., 20 June 1947, renamed SS P&T Explorer
Sold to American Foreign Steamship Corp. in September 1963
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 May 1973, to Yung Tai Steel and Iron Works Co. Ltd, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Displacement 8,100 t.(lt) 16,100 t.(fl)
Length 492' 6"
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 26' 6"
Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity, 4,500 DWT
non-refrigerated 180,500 Cu ft.
four LCM (Mk-6)s
three LCP(L) (MK-IV)s
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
NSFO 8,510 Bbls
Diesel 750 Bbls
one General Electric geared drive turbine engine
two Foster-Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
four turbo-drive 300Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
one propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Hampton (APA-115) docking at Portland, OR. while returning troops from the Pacific during operation "Magic Carpet."
|| John M. Braun Jr.
||USS Hampton (APA-115) docking at Portland, OR., 29 October 1945 while returning troops from the Pacific during operation "Magic Carpet."
Photo from the "Oregon Journal", October 29, 1945.
| John M. Braun Jr.
||Ex-USS Hampton (APA-115) in merchant service as American Foreign Steamship Corp.'s SS American Falcon moored in the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, March 1968.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS Hampton (APA-115)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 28 March 2014
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