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USS Arenac (APA-128)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Mike - Xray
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 Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 9 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 44) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 14 September 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 8 January 1945, from the Maritime Commission
  • Commissioned USS Arenac (APA-128), 8 January 1945, CDR. James H. Carrington USN (25) in command
  • During World War II USS Arenac was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO A.S. Witherspoon;
    TransDiv Sixty-Eight, (flagship) CAPT. C.R. Crutcher USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 to 6 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Arenac was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 1 November 1945
    24 December 1945 to 4 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 10 July 1946, at Yorktown, VA.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 15 October 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • USS Arenac earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 August 1974, Consolidated Steel Corp., Brownsville, TX. (PD-X-981) for $298,999.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 25 October 1974
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 86
    Enlisted 1,475
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    one single 5"/38 cal dual-purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    one Joshua Hendy geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465 psi 750°
    double Joshua-Hendy Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500 shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Arenac 63k USS Arenac (APA-128) at anchor, circa 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 70871 Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    P.B. Snyder
    Arenac 66k USS Arenac (APA-128) in San Francisco Bay, circa late 1945 or early 1946.
    Donation of Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003
    US Navy photo # NH 98703 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Arenac (APA-128)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Carrington, James Herbert USN (USNA 1925)8 January 1945 - 12 April 1946
    02LCDR. Lafferty, William Joseph USN12 April 1946 - 10 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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