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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:
|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:
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Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 2 September to 27 October 1955, to Polarus Steamship Co., Inc. (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement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9 April 1973, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y. (PD-X-956 dated 5 March 1973) for $111,560.00, withdrawn from the James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.
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 28 September 1945||29 September to 6 October 1945
|28 November to 2 December 1945||24 October to 27 November 1945
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
Cargo Capacity 2,900 dwt
non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft.
one open LCPL
one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
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
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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||USS Clearfield (APA-142) underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
||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)
|01||CAPT. Stelter Jr., Frederick Carl, USN (USNA 1923) :RADM||12 January 1945 - 4 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 7 April 2017
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