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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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  • Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, to Arrow Steamship Co. Inc., 6 February 1956, (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement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  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973, for $91,560, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 10 July 1973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)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 19 kts.
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 86
    Enlisted 1,475
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 tons
    non-refrigerated, 150,00 cu. ft.
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    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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    Kenton 67k USS Kenton (APA-122) under way, 15 November 15, 1944, in camouflage paint scheme.
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    USS Kenton (APA-122)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Tate, Victor Boylan, USN (USNA 1923)1 November 1944 - 17 June 1945
    02CDR. 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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