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USS Clinton (LPA-144)
USS Clinton (APA-144) (1945 - 1968)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Papa - Tango
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, 27 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 60) at California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 29 November 1944
Ferried/towed to Astoria OR. for fitting out as an Attack Transport
Acquired by the Navy 1 January 1945 from the Maritime Commission
Commissioned USS Clinton (APA-144), 1 February 1945, at Naval Station Astoria OR., CDR. Joseph A. Ivaldi, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Clinton was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short;
TransDiv Seventy-Two (flagship), CAPT. N.Y. McCown USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 27 to 31 May 1945
Following World War II USS Clinton was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East and China service for the following periods;
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|13 to 19 September 1945||11 to 14 October 1945
| ||24 October to 21 November 1945
Title transferred to the Navy Department from the Maritime Commission, 14 January 1946
Decommissioned, 2 May 1946, at Norfolk VA. and laid up in reserve
USS Clifton (APA-144) earned one battle star for World War II service
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 25 August 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C.
Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve fleet, Wilmington Group, 24 to 27 September 1964, under tow to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-144), 1 January 1969
Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, 9 November 1983 by the US Navy
Final Disposition, disposed of as a fleet exercise target, 1 August 1984, off the Virginia Capes
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
Enlisted 1,465 Enlisted
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 Joshua-Hendy Main Reduction Gear
three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
one propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Clinton (APA-144) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo probably taken from an airship from
Lighter-than-Air Airship Squadron (ZP-31), NAS Santa Ana, CA.
||Bow on view of USS Clinton (APA-144) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
||USS Clinton (APA-144) drydocked at Long Beach Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA. in December 1945.
||Dave Way Curator Battleship Iowa BB 61 Pacific Battleship Center
||APAs moored in the James River Group of the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.. From left to right:
USS Crockett (APA-148),
USS Deuel (APA-160),
USS Mellette (APA-156) and
USS Clinton (APA-144), date unknown.
||USS Deuel Association
USS Clinton (APA-144 / LPA-144)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Ivaldi, Joseph Albert USNR||1 February 1945 - 14 April 1945|
|02||CAPT. Murphy, Chester Henry USN (USNA 1920)||14 April 1945 - 28 February 1946|
|03||LCDR. Ross, James Edward, USN||28 February 1946 - 2 May 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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