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USS Broadwater (APA-139)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Papa - Delta
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, 1 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission VC2-S-AP5 hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 55) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington CA.
  • Launched, 5 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 1 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Broadwater (APA-139), 2 January 1945, CAPT. George G. Herring, Jr. USN in command
  • During World War II USS Broadwater was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO. A. S. Witherspoon;
    TransDiv Sixty-Nine CAPT. P. R. Glutting USN (16)
  • Following World War II USS Broadwater was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 13 to 23 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 28 February 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 1 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 8 July to 7 September 1955, to Atlantic Foreign Steamship Corp. (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Andy International Inc. in a three ship deal, 13 June 1974, (PD-X-970 dated 30 April 1974) for $ 726,997.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 1 October 1974, for scrapping at Brownsville, TX.
    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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    Bellerophon 64k USS Broadwater (APA-139) in San Francisco Bay, late October 1945 with USS Bellerophon (ARL-31) alongside to make voyage repairs so that Broadwater can sail to the Far East during operation "Magic Carpet. A strike by civilian workers paralyzed civilian yards in the San Francisco area during the latter part of October 1945, Bellerophon provided voyage repairs to "Magic Carpet" ships in the harbor during the strike.
    Photo available for purchase from ©Nobe Smith, Atlantic Fleet Sales, Box 6202, Norfolk, VA 23508 All Rights Reserved
    Rob Wade, courtesy Lynn Watson for her father Paul Klinkert S1/c USS Bellerophon

    USS Broadwater (APA-139)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Herring Jr., George Griffin2 January 1945 - 28 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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