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USS Colbert (APA-145)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Quebec - Echo
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, 30 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 61) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched 1 December 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and commissioned as USS Colbert (APA-145), 7 February 1945, CAPT. Leander Jeffrey USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Colbert was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USN;
    TransDiv Seventy-Two, CAPT. H.Y. McCown USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 7 to 11 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Colbert was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 18 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 28 February 1946, at San Francisco, CA. and returned to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • USS Colbert earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 August 1974, to , Nicoli Joffe Corp., Beverly Hills, CA., Delivered 18 September 1974
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
    Officers 99
    Enlisted 593
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 86
    Enlisted1,465 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 Joshua-Hendy Main Reduction Gear
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Colbert 94k USS Colbert (APA-145) launch program cover. Don Vanbrink
    Colbert 89k USS Colbert (APA-145) launch program. Don Vanbrink
    Colbert 55k USS Colbert (APA-145) drydocked for repair to damage caused by striking a sea mine, 17 September 1945, 120 miles off the coast of Okinawa. This image was taken, 20 October 1945 and is from the memorabilia of Charles Stevens grandfather. Robert Hurst

    USS Colbert (APA-145)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Jeffrey, Leander, USNR7 February 1945 - 28 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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