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USS Braxton (APA-138)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Oscar - Tango
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, 29 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract MCV hull 54) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 3 November 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 28 December 1944
Commissioned USS Braxton (APA-138), 29 December 1944, at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA., CDR. William A. Bray, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Braxton was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-four, COMO. E. L. Short;
TransDiv Seventy-one., CAPT. W. P. Davis USN (17)
Following World War II USS Braxton was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 5 to 8 November 1945
Decommissioned, 27 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 29 June 1946
Laid up in the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 9 April 1973 to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., New York City, N.Y.
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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||Braxton (APA-138) at anchor , 18 December 1944, off San Pedro, CA., ten days prior to acquisition by the US Navy.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-293951.
||USS Braxton (APA-138) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||USS Braxton (APA-138) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||USS Braxton (APA-138) at anchor off Nagasaki, Japan, 23 October 1945, while landing the first occupation troops in that port.
||Kelland Bailey for her grandfather Gerald "Spider" Smalley USS Braxton
||CDR. Earl W. Glines USS Braxton (APA-138) Commanding Officer, listens as LT. Tamaki points out the way through Yokosuka harbor.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-338912
USS Braxton (APA-138)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Bray, William Allen USNR||29 December 1944 - 15 February 1945|
|02||CAPT. Glines, Earl William USNR||25 February 1945 - 27 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 9 August 2013
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