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USS Bowie (APA-137)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Oscar - 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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Haskell Class Attack Transport
Laid down, 28 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 53) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 31 October 1944
Acquired from the Maritime Commission, 22 December 1944
Commissioned USS Bowie (APA-137), 23 December 1944, at Terminal Island, CA., CDR. Frank L. Durnell USN (25) in command
During World War II Bowie was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
TransDiv Sixty-Six, CAPT. W.G. Ludlow, Jr. USN (17) and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 to 16 May 1945
Following World War II USS Bowie was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 to 25 September 1945
|20 to 24 October 1945
Decommissioned, 8 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 14 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
USS Bowie earned one battle star for World War II service
Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 8 June to 8 September 1955, to South Atlantic Steamship Line Inc. (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., New York City, N.Y., (PD-X-956 dated 5 March 1973) for $111,560.00, withdrawn from
the James River Reserve Fleet, 24 July 1973, delivered to River Development Corp., Kearny, N.J.
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 Bowie (APA-137), at anchor after landing troops at Okinawa, date unknown.
||USS Bowie (APA-137) moored in a Japanese Shipyard in September 1945.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-352452 (Cropped), a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Max Holloway, S/2c USS Bowie, Oct.44 to Dec. 45
||USS Bowie (APA-137) and USS Clermont (APA-143) (middle distance) moored in a Japanese Shipyard in September 1945.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-352452, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
USS Bowie (APA-137)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Durnell, Frank Lenox USN (USNA 1925)||23 December 1944 - 8 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Amphibious Forces WWII- USS Bowie APA 137
Last Updated 7 April 2017
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