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USS Darke (APA-159)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Sierra - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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 as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV 125) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
Launched, 29 August 1944
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission and Commissioned USS Darke (APA-159), 10 October 1944, CAPT. McFarland W. Wood USN (23) in command
During World War II USS Darke was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Sixteen, COMO J. R. McGovern USN;
TransDiv Forty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 February to 7 March 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 14 April 1945
Following World War II USS Darke was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 20 October 1945
Decommissioned, 21 April 1946
USS Darke earned two battle stars for World War II service
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 22 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
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 July 1974, to Sparreboon Shipbrokers B. V., Rotterdam, Netherlands, Delivered 5 September 1974
Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Draft 24' (lim)
Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
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 Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Darke (APA-159), at anchor, date and location unknown.
Russ Padden webmaster
Amphibious Forces WWII Web Site
||During the Iwo Jima Operation LCVPs and LCMs circle in the transport area, while waiting to go in to the beach,19 February 1945, the day of
the initial landings on Iwo Jima. The near ship in the center appears to be USS Darke (APA-159). Photographed from
USS Hansford (APA-106).
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-303899, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS Darke (APA-159)'s, LCVP 18, possibly with Army troops as reinforcements at Okinawa, circa 9 to 14 April 1945.
US Navy photo
|Scott at LBS Products
||USS Darke (APA-159), at anchor in Tokyo Bay, circa 2-4 September 1945.
US National Archives # 80-G-345761 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
USS Darke (APA-159)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Wood, McFarland Walker, USN (USNA 1923)||10 October 1944 - 5 July 1945|
|02||CAPT. Persons, Henry Stanford, USN (USNA 1929) :RADM||5 July 1945 - 21 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
Amphibious Forces WWII- APA 159 Darke
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 28 April 2017
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