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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;
    TransDiv Seventy
  • 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 194530 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)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 86
    Enlisted 1,475
    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 "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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    Bergen 86k 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)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Vanzant, Ralston Birto USN23 December 1944 - 5 December 1945
    02CAPT. Mason, Redfield :RADM5 December 1945 - 24 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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