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USS Effingham (APA-165)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Tango - 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, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 131) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 29 September 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission at Astoria, OR., 31 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Effingham (APA-165), 1 November 1944, CDR. Clayton H. McLaughlin, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Effingham was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eighteen COMO. J.G. Moyer USN (14);
    TransDiv Fifty-Four, CAPT. J.R. Lannom USN (19), and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operations
    Assault an occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 7 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 11 October 194518 to 22 November 1945
    20 to 28 January 194624 January to 10 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1946 at Norfolk VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 20 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • USS Effingham (APA-165) earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973, to Union Minerals & Alloys (PD-X-956) for $111,560.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 27 September 1973
    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 Combustion Engineering header-type boilers 465psi 750°
    three 300Kw 120V/240V DC Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, design shaft horsepower 8,500

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    Effingham 110k USS Effingham (APA-165) at anchor, date and location unknown. Capt Jerry Mason, USN
    Effingham 167k USS Effingham (APA-165) under way, circa 1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 83479. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Effingham (APA-165)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. McLaughlin, Clayton H. USNR1 November 1944 - December 1945
    02CAPT. Walker, Edward Keith USN (25) :RADMDecember 1945 - 17 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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