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USS Bergen (APA-150)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Quebec - 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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Haskell Class Attack Transport
Laid down, 25 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission hull type (VC2-S-AP5) under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 815) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Co. Inc. Vancouver, WA.
Launched, 5 December 1944
Acquired from the Maritime Commission by the Navy 22 December 1944, Astoria, OR.
Commissioned USS Bergen (APA-150), 23 December 1944, at Astoria, OR., CAPT. Ralston B. Vanzant, USN, in command
During World War II USS Bergen was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USNR;
Following World War II USS Bergen was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 28 September 1945||30 September to 10 October 1945
Decommissioned, 24 April 1946
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 26 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
Final Disposition, 9 April 1973, sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., New York City, delivered, 27 September 1973
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
Draft 24' (lim)
Speed 17.7 kts.
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 Joshua-Hendy geared turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox "D"-type boilers, 465psi 750°
double Joshua-Hendy Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships' Service Generators
one propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Bergen (APA-150) probably in San Francisco Bay, 20 November 1945 after arriving in the port during operation "Magic Carpet."
||Harold Osthus for his father Gerhard O. Osthus, Signalman, USN, a "Magic Carpet" passenger aboard USS Bergen
USS Bergen (APA-150)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. Vanzant, Ralston Birto USN||23 December 1944 - 5 December 1945|
|02||CAPT. Mason, Redfield :RADM||5 December 1945 - 24 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Last Updated 10 January 2014
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