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USS Clermont (APA-143)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Papa - Romeo
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 27 September 1944, under Maritime Commission contract, (MCV hull 59) as a Maritime Commission type VC2-S-AP5 hull, at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 25 November 1944
  • Ferried/towed to her fitting as an Attack Transport at Kaiser Co. Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission, 27 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Clermont (APA-143), 28 January 1945, CAPT. Francis E. Shoup Jr. USN in command
  • During World War II USS Clermont was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    TransRon Twenty-four, COMO. E. L. Short;
    TransDiv Seventy-one, CAPT. W. P. Davis USN (17) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 to 30 June 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 September to 20 October 1945
    23 to 25 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 1 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 2 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
  • USS Clermont earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 8 July to 28 September 1955 to Arrow Steamship Co. Inc., (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973, by Union Minerals & Alloys, New York, N. Y. (PD-X-956 dated 4 March 1973) for $111, 560.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 12 or 21 September 1973, delivered to River Development Corp., Kearny, N.J.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.
    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 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
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Clermont 66k USS Clermont (APA-143) at anchor, date and location unknown. Louis Ursillo Jr.
    Clermont 110k USS Clermont (APA-143) moored in a Japanese shipyard, date and location unknown. Louis Ursillo Jr.
    Bowie 135k USS Bowie (APA-137) and USS Clermont (APA-143) (middle distance) moored in a Japanese Shipyard in September 1945.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-352452, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Clermont (APA-143)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Shoup Jr., Francis Elliott USN (USNA 1923)28 January 1945 - 1 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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