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USS Kenton (APA-122)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Romeo - Zulu
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)
Haskell Class Attack Transport
Laid down, 26 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 35) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington CA.
Launched, 21 August 1944
Completed and delivered to the Maritime Commission, 31 October 1944 and transferred to the Navy on a loan charter basis
Commissioned, USS Kenton (APA-122), 1 November 1944 at San Pedro, CA., CAPT. Victor B. Tate in command
During WWII USS Kenton was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Nineteen, COMO C. D. Edgar USN (12);
TransDiv Fifty-Five and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 10 April 1945
Following World War II USS Kenton was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|23 to 30 September 1945
|13 to 22 November 1945
Decommissioned, 28 March 1946 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 29 March 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve James River, Lee Hall, Va.
Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, to Arrow Steamship Co. Inc., 6 February 1956, (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
Returned to the James River Reserve Fleet, 16 April 1956, by Arrow Steamship Co. Inc.
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
USS Kenton earned one battle star for World War II
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973, for $91,560, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 10 July 1973
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Speed 19 kts.
Cargo Capacity 2,900 tons
non-refrigerated, 150,00 cu. ft.
one open LCPL
one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
one single 5"/38 dual-purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
one quad 40mm AA gun mount
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers
single propeller, Design shaft horsepower 8,500
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||USS Kenton (APA-122) under way, 15 November 15, 1944, in camouflage paint scheme.
US Navy photo
USS Kenton (APA-122)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Tate, Victor Boylan, USN (USNA 1923)||1 November 1944 - 17 June 1945|
|02||CDR. Ogle, Gerald Barker, USN (USNA 1924)||17 June 1945 - 28 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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Last Updated 7 April 2017
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