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USS Crockett (APA-148)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Quebec - Oscar
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 Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 18 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 813) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched 28 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and Commissioned USS Crockett (APA-148), 18 January 1945, CDR. James R. Bagshaw, Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Crockett was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S. P. Jenkins;
    TransDiv Sixty-Six (flagship) CAPT. W. G. Ludlow Jr., 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 28 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Crockett was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 16 to 24 November 1945
  • Placed in commission, in reserve, 5 June 1946, and out of commission in reserve, 15 October 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Inactivated 31 January 1847 at the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 10 January 1958
  • USS Crockett earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the James River National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA. 1 October 1958
  • Permanent transfer to the Maritime Commission, 26 January 1959
  • Removed from the National Defense Reserve Fleet to the Navy Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility, Portsmouth, VA., 6 May 1985
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in July 1985 to Chesapeake Salvage, Portsmouth, VA.
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 16.9 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 Joshua-Hendy geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Joshua-Hendy Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship' Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Crockett 32k Crockett (APA-148) Launching and Christening Ceremony, 28 November 1944, at Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Vancouver, WA.. In the first photo the ship sponsor, Mrs. Ida Whitgrove with her husband CAPT. Whitgrove breaks the traditional bottle of Champagne across the ships bow. Mrs. Whitgrove is second from the left in the photo of the Christening party.. Photos use with the permission of Virginia L. Dyson, grand niece of the Whitgrove’s
    Crockett 129k
    Crockett 39k USS Crockett (APA-148) at anchor, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Clinton 21k 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 Crockett (APA-148)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bagshaw Jr., James R. USNR18 January 1945 - 15 July 1945
    02LT. Gordon Jr., Edward W. USNR15 July 1945 - 15 October 1946
    03LCDR. Swenson, Caydar Edwin, USN15 October 1946 - 31 January 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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