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USS Laurens (APA-153)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Romeo - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines LIberation Medal (1)
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under a Maritime Commission contract at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
Launched, date unknown
Acquired, 6 September 1944 by the Navy from the Maritime Commission
Commissioned USS Laurens (APA-153), 7 September 1944, CAPT. Arthur R. Ponto in command
During World War II USS Laurens was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Fourteen, COMO. D. L. Ryan USN (16);
TransDiv Forty-One, CAPT. H.J. Wright USN and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landings, 11 to 12
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 6 April 1945
Following World War II USS Laurens was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|7 September to 2 October 1945
|12 October to 11 November 1945
|14 to 25 December 1945
Decommissioned, 10 April 1946, at Norfolk VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 13 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred, 5 February 1956, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River N.Y. Group
Transferred, 10 May 1969 to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall VA.
Final Disposition, sold, 3 October 1974, for non-transportation use to Frank W. Watts and K.E. Tureaud
USS Laurens earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
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
one quad 40mm AA gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,780 Bbls
Diesel 970 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465 psi 750°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
one propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Laurens (APA-153) underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
||USS Laurens (APA-153) at anchor, date and location unknown
||Will Conner for his grandfather Ardell Bernard "Cal" Calvin (Quartermaster) USS Laurens
||USS Laurens (APA-153) in San Francisco Bay, CA., in late 1945 or early 1946.
US Navy photo # NH 98736 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
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USS Laurens (APA-153)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. Ponto, Arthur Rudolph||7 September 1944 - 1 October 1944|
|02||CAPT. McGregor, Donald :RADM USN (26)||1 October 1944 - 18 August 1945|
|03||CAPT. Byrne, James Francis||18 August 1945 - 10 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 16 August 2013
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