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USS Fond Du Lac (APA-166)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Tango - Golf
NDTG
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 (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal


Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 25 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 132) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 5 October 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 5 November 1944
  • Transferred to the US Navy and commissioned USS Fond Du Lac (APA-166), 6 November 1944, CAPT. Edward P. Creehan USN in command
  • During World War II USS Fond Du Lac was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eighteen COMO. J.G. Moyer USN (14);
    TransDiv Fifty-Three, CAPT. W.N. Thornton USN and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    5 to 27 September 1945
    19 to 24 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 11 April 1946, at Norfolk VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 13 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
  • USS Fond du Lac received one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 May 1974, to M. V. Intershitra for scrapping in the Netherlands, delivered, 21 June 1974
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (limiting)
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 80
    Enlisted 1,4450
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated, 150,000 Cu ft
    Boats
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Fond Du Lac 48k Starboard broadside view of USS Fond Du Lac (APA-166) at anchor off Naval Station Astoria, OR. Note she is painted camouflage scheme Measure 32 / 4T.
    US Naval Station Astoria photo # 101863-11-44 now in the collections of the NARA, Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle).
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    Fond Du Lac 43k Port broadside view of USS Fond Du Lac (APA-166) at anchor off Naval Station Astoria, OR. Note she is painted camouflage scheme Measure 32 / 4T.
    US Naval Station Astoria photo # 101862-11-44 now in the collections of the NARA, Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle).
    Tracy White
    Fond Du Lac 54k USS Fond Du Lac (APA-166) at anchor, date and location unknown.  
    Fond Du Lac 23k USS Fond Du Lac (APA-166) after passing under the Golden Gate Bridge while entering San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946.
    US Navy photo
    Harold E. Smith HMC(FMF) USN Ret.
    Fond Du Lac 61k USS Fond Du Lac (APA-166) in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946 during Magic Carpet operations.
    US Navy photo
    Harold E. Smith HMC(FMF) USN Ret.
    Fond Du Lac 62k USS Fond Du Lac (APA-166) underway in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 98719 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Fond Du Lac (APA-166)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Creehan, Edward Patrick USN (24)6 November 1944 - 11 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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