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USS Lowndes (LPA-154)
USS Lowndes (APA-154) (1944 - 1969)
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 - 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:
|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 in February 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
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 in Spain, 17 September 1983, to S. A. Desbar, Delivered 17 October 1983
USS Lowndes earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
Enlisted 1,465 Enlisted
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 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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||USS Lowndes (APA-154) in San Francisco Bay, circa 1944
||William B. Nielsen
in honor his father,
Howard LeRoy Nielsen, WWII crew member
||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
||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
|01||CDR. Perdue, Charles Hiram||14 September 1944 - 3 January 1946|
|02||LCDR. Judin, Laurence A.||3 January 1946 - 11 January 1946|
|03||CAPT. Wentraub, Daniel Jacob||11 January 1946 - 17 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
USS Lowndes (APA-154)
Last Updated 24 February 2012
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