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USS Lowndes (LPA-154)
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USS Lowndes (APA-154) (1944 - 1969)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Romeo - Romeo
NDRR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


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, 18 July 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 13 September 1944, at Portland, OR.
  • Commissioned USS Lowndes (APA-154), 14 September 1944, CDR. Charles H. Perdue USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Lowndes was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Fifteen, CAPT. W. S. Popham USN (14);
    TransDiv Forty-Five, CAPT. A.C.J. Sabalot USN (20) and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 14 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Lowndes was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 25 to 29 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • USS Lowndes earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Reclassified an Amphibious Transport (LPA-154), 1 January 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 September 1983, to S. A. Desbar at Santander, Spain, delivered 17 October 1983, scrapping completed, 17 October 1984
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 86
    Enlisted 1,465 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft.
    Boats
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Lowndes 34k USS Lowndes (APA-154) in San Francisco Bay, circa 1944 William B. Nielsen
    in honor his father,
    Howard LeRoy Nielsen, WWII crew member
    Lowndes 49k USS Lowndes (APA-154) underway, circa 1944-45.
    US Navy photo # NH 83477 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D. M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Lowndes 83k USS Lowndes (APA-154) in San Francisco Bay, CA., in late 1945 or early 1946. She is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet.".
    US Navy photo # NH 98739 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Lowndes (APA/LPA-154)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Perdue, Charles Hiram14 September 1944 - 3 January 1946
    02LCDR. Judin, Laurence A.3 January 1946 - 11 January 1946
    03CAPT. Wentraub, Daniel Jacob11 January 1946 - 17 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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