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USS Bland (APA-134)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Oscar - Echo
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, 2 August 1944, under as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 50) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 26 October 1944
Acquired by the Navy on a loan charter basis from the Maritime Commission, 14 December 1944, at Wilmington, CA.
Commission, USS Bland (APA-134), 15 December 1944, at San Pedro, CA., CDR. Laurence E. Eastman, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Bland was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
TransDiv Sixty-Three, CAPT. F. M. O'Leary USN (20)
Following World War II USS Bland was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 to 14 September 1945
Decommissioned, 27 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 28 April 1946, and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 18 May to 21 July 1955, to Shepard Steamship Co. (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 January 1974, in a five ship deal to Consolidated Steel Corp. Brownsville, TX., (PD-X-970 dated 14 December 1973) for
$958.999.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 1 March 1974
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
non-refrigerated 150,000 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
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
single propeller, 8,500 shp
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||USS Bland (APA-134) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Kelly Walters for her grandfather Earl K. Lofstedt, Coxswain, USS Bland
USS Bland (APA-134)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Eastman, Laurence E., USNR||15 December 1944 - 9 December 1945|
|02||CAPT. Banks Jr., James Oliver, USN (USNA 1925)||9 December 1945 - 27 April 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 7 April 2017
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