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USS Brookings (APA-140)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Papa - Hotel
NDPH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - 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, 5 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 56) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched 20 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Brookings (APA-140), 6 January 1945, CAPT. Herbert E. Berger USN (22) in command
  • During World War II US Brookings was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E.l. Short;
    TransDiv Seventy-One, CAPT. W.P. Davis USN (27)
  • Following World War II USS Brookings was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    13 to 19 September 194511 to 17 October 1945
    29 October to 27 November 194529 October to 27 November 1945
    22 to 28 November 194529 October to 21 November 1945
    14 January to 15 February 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 25 July 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up, 26 July 1946. in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C.,
  • Permanent custody transferred, 10 June 1958, to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington N.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Transferred, 13 October 1964, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Withdrawn from reserve and transferred to the US Navy for use as a target, November, 1987
  • Final Disposition, blown ashore at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico by Hurricane Hugo in September 1989 prior to being sunk as a target by the US Navy. Attempts to refloat her failed and a contract was issued in April 1992 to Resolve Marine Group to dismantle her in-site.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Complement
    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
    Boats
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    Doyen 25k Ex-USS Brookings (APA-140) aground at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico in September 1989. All attempts at pulling her off the reef failed necessitating the issuing of a contract in April 1992 to Resolve Marine Group to dismantle her on site. Barry Gerhard

    USS Brookings (APA-140)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Berger, Herbert Everett USN (22)6 January 1945 - 5 November 1945
    02CAPT. Lane, Frank Chester5 November 1945 - 25 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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