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USS Clearfield (APA-142)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 15 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 58) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 21 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 11 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Clearfield (APA-142), 12 January 1945, CAPT. Frederick C. Stelter, Jr. USN, in command
  • During World War II USS Clearfield was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USNR;
    TransDiv Seventy and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 to 28 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Clearfield was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 28 September 194529 September to 6 October 1945
    28 November to 2 December 194524 October to 27 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 4 March 1946, at Norfolk VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 6 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  • Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 2 September to 27 October 1955, to Polarus Steamship Co., Inc. (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y. (PD-X-956 dated 5 March 1973) for $111,560.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 7 September 1973, delivered to River Development Corp., Kearny, N.J.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. (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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    Clearfield 63k USS Clearfield (APA-142) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Heywood 78k In the foreground is USS Heywood (AP-12), in San Francisco Bay, 23 May 1945. Among the ships in the distance are USS Arneb (AKA-56), at left, and USS Clearfield (APA-142), at right.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-90748, from the US Navy's Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Clearfield (APA-142)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Stelter Jr., Frederick Carl, USN (USNA 1923) :RADM12 January 1945 - 4 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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