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USS Dickens (APA-161)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Sierra - Romeo

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 clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under a Maritime Commission contract at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 8 September 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and Commissioned USS Dickens (APA-161), 18 October 1944, CAPT. Robert M. Ingram, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Dickens was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Sixteen, COMO J.R. McGovern USN;
    TransDiv Forty-Eight CAPT. C. L. Andrews Jr. USN (19) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operations
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 25 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operations
    Assault an occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 14 April 15 to 19 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS Dickens was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 8 September 1945
    5 to 11 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 21 May 1946 at Norfolk, VA. and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS Dickens earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 May 1974, to Luria Bros & Co., Inc., Delivered 18 June 1974
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17. kts.(trial)
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 490
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 80
    Enlisted 1,440
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
    non refrigerated 150,000 cu. ft
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    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
    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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    Dickens 113k USS Dickens (APA-161) at anchor, circa early 1946. Note that her guns have been removed.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 83409. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    Capt Jerry Mason, USN
    Dickens 11k USS Dickens (APA-161) pierside, date and location unknown. Photo by David H. Altizer S1/c USS LST-817 submitted by Maynard A. Altizer

    USS Dickens (APA-161)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Ingram, Robert Martin USNR18 October 1944 - 15 September 1945
    02CDR. Jacobs, Tyrrell Dwight USN (USNA 1927)15 September 1945 - 21 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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