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USS Napa (LPA-157)
USS Napa (APA-157) (1944 - 1969)
Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Sierra - Echo
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 7 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 123), at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland, OR.
Launched, 12 August 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and commissioned USS Napa (APA-157), 1 October 1944, Captain Francis J. Firth in command
During World War II USS Napa was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Fifteen, CAPT. W.S. Popham USN (14);
TransDiv Forty-Four, CAPT. J. H. Seyfried USN and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 18 to 25 February 1945
Following World War II USS Napa was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|13 to 19 September 1945||11 to 17 October 1945
| ||2 to 19 November 1945
| ||25 January to 7 February 1946
Decommissioned, 24 May 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 30 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 June 1946
Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-157), 1 January 1969
Final Disposition, trade out scrap ship, 16 December 1983
USS Napa (APA-157) earned one battle star for her service during World War II
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 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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||Port bow view of USS Napa (APA-157) at anchor off Naval Station Astoria, OR., 14 October 1944.
Naval Station Astoria photo # AST10646 10-12-44 now in the collections of the NARA, Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle).
||Port bow view of USS Napa (APA-157) underway off Naval Station Astoria, OR., 14 October 1944.
Naval Station Astoria photo # AST10647 10-12-44 now in the collections of the NARA, Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle).
||USS Napa (APA-157) moored to a buoy in the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 24 January 1946. Other ships present include USS LST-935 in the distance forward of Napa's bow and USS LST-866 in the distance aft of Napa's stern.
||Jose Maria Casanova, Cartagena (Murcia) Spain and
Stephen C. Hopkins for his father LTjg. Jonathan H. Hopkins USS Napa
||USS Napa (APA-157) underway in 1945, location unknown. Note "Homeward Bound" pennant flying from the aft masthead.
US Navy photo from DANFS
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
USS Napa (APA-157)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. Firth, Francis Joseph :RADM||1 October 1944 - 14 April 1945|
|02||CAPT. Loomis, Frederick Kent||14 April 1945 - 12 December 1945|
|03||CDR. Forster, Guido Francis||12 December 1945 - 24 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 28 February 2014
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