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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 Commission, 29 June 1946, for lay up the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Berth S-21, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 13 June 1955 to 6 October 1955, to South Atlantic Steamship Co. (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 9 April 1973 to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., New York City, N.Y. (PD-X-956 dated 5 March 1973) for $111,560.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 11 July 1973 to River Development Corp., Kearny, N.J.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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    Braxton 27k 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.
    Robert Hurst
    Braxton 90k USS Braxton (APA-138) at anchor, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Braxton 48k USS Braxton (APA-138) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Braxton 245k USS Braxton (APA-138) at anchor off Nagasaki, Japan, 23 October 1945, while landing the first occupation troops in that port. Kelland Bailey for his grandfather Gerald "Spider" Smalley USS Braxton
    Braxton 26k 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
    Robert Hurst

    USS Braxton (APA-138)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bray, William Allen, USNR29 December 1944 - 15 February 1945
    02CAPT. Glines, Earl William, USNR25 February 1945 - 27 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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