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USS Barnwell (LPA-132)
USS Barnwell (APA-132) (1945 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - November - Romeo
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 25 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 48) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched 30 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Barnwell (APA-132), 19 January 1945, CAPT. Marvin M. Stephens USN (23) in command
  • During World War II USS Barnwell was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
    TransDiv Sixty-Two, CAPT. H. E. Padock USN (15)
  • Following World War II USS Barnwell was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    22 to 30 September 1945
    20 to 25 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 1 February 1947, at Newport News, VA.
  • Laid up in July 1947, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport LPA-132, 1 January 1969
  • Transferred to the Navy, 4 August 1982, for stripping and disposal
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target off the Virginia Capes, 10 March 1986
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Draft 24'
    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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    Barnwell 120k USS Barnwell (APA-132) at anchor, circa 1945, location unknown.
    Photo by LB Hein
    Robert Hurst

    USS Barnwell (APA-132)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Stephens, Marvin Massey USN (USNA 1923)19 January 1945 - 17 June 1946
    02LT. Deaton, David Charles, USN (acting)17 June 1946 - 1 August 1946
    03CDR. Powell, Elmer Calvin, USNR1 August 1946 - 12 November 1946
    04LT. Hamilton, Lawrence Everett, USN12 November 1946 - 19 November 1946
    06LT. Dukes, Jesse Manley, USN19 November 1946 - 1 February 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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