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USS Eastland (APA-163)

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

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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 4 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 129) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 19 September 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and Commissioned USS Eastland (APA-163), 26 October 1944, CDR. George L. Harriss USN (17) in command
  • During World War II Eastland was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Thirteen, COMO. M. O. Carlson USN (16);
    TransDiv Thirty-Eight, CAPT. P. P. Welsh USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:

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

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    3 October to 17 November 19453 October to 17 November 1945
    1 to 14 January 1946 
    5 to 18 May 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 15 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • USS Eastland received one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission. 16 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 January 1974, to Consolidated Steel Corp. Brownsville, TX., delivered 1 April 1974
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 19 kts.
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    80 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
    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 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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    Eastland 13k USS Eastland (APA-163) under way, date and location unknown. Bill Van Haften

    USS Eastland (APA-163)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Harriss, George Latham, USN (USNA 1917)26 October 1944 - 2 April 1946
    02LT. Gilmer, Vance M., USNR2 April 1946 - 15 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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