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USS Hanover (APA-116)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Papa - Bravo
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 878) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS.
Launched, 18 August 1944
Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Hanover (APA-116), 31 March 1945, CDR. James Hugh Henderson in command
During and following World War II USS Hanover (APA-116) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Hanover was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September to 11 October1945||18 November to 2 December 1945
|13 to 27 January 1946||
Decommissioned, 11 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 23 May 1946
Sold by the Maritime Commission for merchant service, 23 December 947 to Matson Navigation Co., renamed SS Hawaiian Wholesaler
Sold, 25 March 1961, to Oceanic Steamship Co, a Matson Navigation Co. subsidiary, renamed SS Ventura
Sold, 21 January 1971, to Pacific Far East Lines, name retained
Sold, 6 April 1972, to Excelsior Marine Corp., renamed SS Entu
Sold for scrapping, 30 June 1972, to Yung Tai Steel & Iron Works., Ltd., Taiwan
Final Disposition, surrendered at Seattle, 11 January 1973
Displacement 11,760 t.(lt) 16,100 t.(fl)
Beam 69' 6"
Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,500 DWT
non-refrigerated 180, 530 cu ft
four LCM (Mk-6)s
three LCP(L) (MK-IV)s
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
NSFO 8,510 Bbls
Diesel 750 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
four 250Kw 250V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
one propeller, 8,500shp
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|USS Hanover (APA-116)
||USS Hanover (APA-116) underway, date and location unknown.
||Russ Padden, courtesy John Trudeau
||USS Hanover (APA-116) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||USS Hanover (APA-116) in San Francisco Bay, CA., in late 1945 or early 1946 returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet.".
US Navy photo # NH 98727 Donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
|US Naval Historical Center
||Ex-USS Hanover (APA-116) in merchant service as the Matson Navigation Co., freighter SS Hawaiian Wholesaler, underway in 1961.
USS Hanover (APA-116)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Henderson, James Hugh||31 March 1945 - 20 October 1945|
|02||CAPT. Callaghan, Joseph Anthony||20 October 1945 - 11 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 21 February 2014
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