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USS Mellette (APA-156)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Kilo - Golf
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)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia/Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 3 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 122) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
Launched, 4 August 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and commissioned USS Mellette (APA-156), 27 September 1944, CDR. F. H. Spring, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Mellette (APA-156) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Fifteen; CAPT. W. S. Popham USN (14);
TransDiv Forty-Three (flagship) and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 25 February 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 11 April 1945
Following World War II USS Mellette was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 to 27 September 1945
|2 to 11 December 1945
Decommissioned, 31 July 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Yorktown, VA.
Recommissioned, 18 October 1950
USS Mellette was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 20 September 1953 to 24 January 1954
Decommissioned, 18 June 1955, at Charleston S.C.
USS Mellette earned two battle stars for World War II service
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Charleston Group
Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 17 March 1960 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Permanent transfer to MARAD, 30 June 1960
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
Sold, 29 June 1987, to C.J.W. Shipping and Trading Co., San Francisco, CA., for $528,000
Final Disposition, resold, 3 June 1988, to Chi Shun Hua Steel Co. Ltd., Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 12,450 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 35t.
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
10 single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,780 Bbls
Diesel 970 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Mellette (APA-156) at anchor, location unknown, 1945
Courtesy Dick Osborn, Secretary Mellette Reunion Group
||USS Mellette (APA-156) moored to a buoy off New York City, 7 May 1951.
Photo by Ted Stone
US Naval History and Heritage Command Catalog #: NH 66829. Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA., Ted Stone Collection.
|US Naval History and Heritage command
||USS Mellette (APA-156) moored pierside showing collison damage to bow, circa 1950s, location unknown.
||APAs moored in the James River Group of the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.. From left to right:
USS Crockett (APA-148),
USS Deuel (APA-160),
USS Mellette (APA-156) and
USS Clinton (APA-144), date unknown.
||USS Deuel Association
USS Mellette (APA-156)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Spring Francis H.||27 September 1944 - 5 September 1945|
|02||CAPT. Beasley, Charles Black :RADM||5 September 1945 - 3 February 1946|
|03||LCDR. Breault, David Thomas||3 February 1946 - 31 July 1946|
| ||Decommissioned||31 July 1946 - 18 October 1950|
|04||CAPT. MacMillan, Duncan Calvin :RADM||18 October 1950 - September 1951|
|05||CAPT. Andrews, Richard Stottke, USN (USNA 1931) :RADM||September 1951 - August 1952|
|06||CAPT. Harper Jr., John Frank :RADM||August 1952 - 13 September 1953|
|07||CAPT. Dornin, Marshall Edgar (Skinny), USN (USNA 1930) :RADM||13 September 1953 - 1954|
|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 Mellette (APA-156)
Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 16 November 2018
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