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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  • Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 18 May to 21 July 1955, to Shepard Steamship Co. (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement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 Brownsville, TX., (PD-X-970 dated 14 December 1973) for $958.999.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 1 March 1974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)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    86 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    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 dual-purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    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
    single propeller, 8,500 shp

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    B;Bland 57k 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)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Eastman, Laurence E., USNR15 December 1944 - 9 December 1945
    02CAPT. 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

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