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USS Buckingham (APA-141)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Papa - Kilo
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, 9 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 57) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 13 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Buckingham (APA-141), 23 January 1945, CAPT. Henry G. Moran in command
  • During World War II USS Buckingham was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USN;
    TransDiv Seventy-Two, CAPT. H.Y. McCown USN (18)
  • Following World War II USS Buckingham was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 27 September to 6 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 1 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 5 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, from 21 July 1955 to 23 January 1974 to Shepard Steamship Co. (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 January 1974, to Consolidated Steel Corp. Brownsville, TX. (PD-X-970 dated 14 December 1973) for $191,799.80, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 29 March 1974
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
    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 cal 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 Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship' Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Buckingham 60k USS Buckingham (APA-141) at anchor, date and location unknown. Thomas H.E. Moran for his father,
    RADM Henry G. Moran, USN Ret. (deceased)
    CO Buckingham 1945
    Buckingham 233k "Order of the Golden Dragon" awarded to ENS. Keith F. Lea, USNR while in transit aboard USS Buckingham (APA-141). Mark C. Lea in honor of his grandfather LTjg Keith F. Lea USNR LCI(R)-762
    Buckingham 123k USS Buckingham (APA-141) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Coxswain Harry F. Mack USS Buckingham
    Jonathan P Alter APA-141 crew contact
    Buckingham 103k USS Buckingham (APA-141) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Coxswain Harry F. Mack USS Buckingham
    Jonathan P Alter APA-141 crew contact
    Buckingham 109k

    USS Buckingham (APA-141)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Moran, Henry George, USN (USNA 1923) :RADM23 January 1945 - 19 December 1945
    02CAPT. Harnly, Harold Shepard, USN (USNA 1927)19 December 1945 - February 1946
    03LT. Doughty, Levi Garland, USNFebruary 1946 - 1 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Crew Contact
    Contact: Jonathan Alter
    Address: 3626 Ross Street., Riverside,CA 92503
    Phone: 951-552-0679
    E-mail: USS Buckingham (APA-141) Contact

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