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USS Botetourt (APA-136)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Oscar - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 22 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 52), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 19 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Botetourt (APA-136), 31 January 1945, CDR. William A. Barr, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Botetourt was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
    TransDiv Sixty-Five (flagship), CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18)
  • Following World War II USS Botetourt was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 26 September 1945
    5 to 11 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 5 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in the Norfolk Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 23 September 1950, CAPT. Robert R. Moore in command
  • USS Botetourt was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 26 June to 20 September 1951
  • Decommissioned, 27 April 1956, at Philadelphia, PA., and laid up in the Philadelphia Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred, 12 December 1960, to the Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1961
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 August 1974, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y, (PD-X-572 dated 10 july 1974) for $288,166.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 10 October 1974, delivered to River Development Corp., Kearny, N.J.
    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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    Botetourt 157k USS Botetourt (APA-136) under way in May 1945 and location unknown.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-85033, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Botetourt 161k USS Botetourt (APA-136) under way at sea, circa early 1950s, in May 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 83473, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Botetourt 51k USS Botetourt (APA-136) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Stanley C. Svec
    Botetourt 130k USS Botetourt (APA-136) anchored at Toulon, France, 2 July 1951.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 83474, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Botetourt (APA-136)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Barr, William A., USNR31 January 1945 - 10 April 1946
    02CDR. Banister, Harold Robert USNR10 April 1946 - 5 June 1946
     Decommissioned 5 June 1946 - 23 September 1950
    03CAPT. Moore, Robert Rouse, USN (USNA 1926)23 September 1950 - 10 October 1951
    04CAPT. Reed, Allan Lorentz, USN (USNA 1933) :RADM10 October 1951 - 5 September 1952
    06CAPT. Mott, Carleton Edgar, USN (USNA 1931)5 September 1952 - June 1954
    07CAPT. Young Jr., Andrew Lee, USN (USNA 1931)June 1954 7 July 1954
    08CAPT. Tyree Jr., John Augustine,USN (USNA 1933) :VADM7 July 1954 - 20 July 1955
    09CAPT. Grady, James Bizzell, USN (USNA 1933)20 July 1955 - 27 April 1956
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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