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USS Drew (APA-162)

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

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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 30 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 128) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 14 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Drew (APA-162), 22 October 1944, CDR. David H. Swinson, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Drew was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20);
    TransDiv Fifty, CAPT. R.W. Abbot USN (20) and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operations
    Assault an occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 26 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    10 September to 2 October 1945
    20 November to 3 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 10 May 1946, at Tacoma WA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 19 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
  • USS Drew earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 January 1974, to Consolidated Steel Corp. Brownsville, TX., Delivered, 1 March 1974
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 17 kts. (trial)
    56 Officers
    490 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    86 Officers
    1,440 Enlisted
    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 dual-purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Drew 62k USS Drew (APA-162) under way, date and location unknown. Becky Hale in memory of her father
    Lester Roberds USS Drew
    Drew 196k USS Drew (APA-162) anchored off San Francisco, CA., circa late 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 78172, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.
    Becky Hale in memory of her father
    Lester Roberds USS Drew

    USS Drew (APA-162)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Swinson, David H. USNR22 October 1944 - 7 November 1945
    02LCDR. Whitby Jr., Frank Ray (temporary) USNR7 November 1945 - 14 November 1945
    03CAPT. Freeman, Charles Lawrence USN (USNA 1927)14 November 1945 - 10 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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