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USS Gage (APA-168)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Tango - Kilo
NDTK
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, 20 April 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 134) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 14 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 4 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Gage (APA-168), 12 November 1944, CDR. Leroy J. Alexanderson, USNR, in command.
  • During World War II USS Gage was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty, COMO. H.W. Graf USN (15);
    TransDiv Fifty-Eight, (flagship) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    25 October to 25 November 194518 to 21 June 1946
    25 January to 4 February 1946 
    11 to 17 June 1946 
    23 to 26 June 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1947, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, St. Julian Annex Naval Station Norfolk, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 October 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • USS Gage earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred, 19 November 1958, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., arriving, 24 November 1958
  • Removed from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., 11 November 1964, under tow by USS Umpqua (APA-209), arrived at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, HA., 16 November 1964
  • Withdrawn, 17 May 1984 - 18 October 1984, from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group for stripping at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Withdrawn, 17 August 1989 - 1 July 1991, from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group for target preparation at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Final Disposition, contract awarded for scrapping announced, 18 July 2009, to Esco Marine, Brownsville, TX., contract cost $564,910, removed 23 July 2009, scrapping completed, 21 December 2009
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers - 56
    Enlisted - 480
    Troop Capacity
    Officers - 80
    Enlisted - 1,440
    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 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 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Gage 65k USS Gage (APA-168) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46
    US Navy photo # NH 83410 contributed to the US Naval Historical Center courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975.
    Tom Gonzalez
    Gage 75k USS Gage (APA-168) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, probably in 1946
    US Navy photo # NH 98721 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historical Center
    MARAD James River Group Reserve Fleet
    Gage 58k Ex-USS Gage (APA-168) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., circa 2004.
    Photo courtesy Russ Padden
    Robert Hurst
    Gage 89k From left to right; US Army Corps of Engineers floating nuclear power plant Sturges, exUSS Gage (APA-168) and ex-USNS Range Sentinel (T-AGM-22) laid up in the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, 6 April 2009. Photo by Mike Hibbard
    Gage 104k Ex-USS Gage (APA-168) and ex-USNS Range Sentinel (T-AGM-22) as seen from the deck of US Army Corps of Engineers floating nuclear power plant Sturges while, laid up in the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, 6 April 2009. Photo by Mike Hibbard
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    150k Ex-USS Gage (APA-168) laid up in the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, 6 April 2009.
    100316805 - Bridge area viewed from the forward main deck
    100316806 - Deck house from aft
    100316807 - Gage and Sturges from the stern of Sturges looking forward
    100316808 - Stern and rudder
    100316809 - Aft deckhouse
    100316810 - Bridge area superstructure from aloft
    100316811 - Bow
    100316812 - Bow name
    Photos by Mike Hibbard
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    100316808
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    Gage 61k Ex-USS Gage (APA-168) leaves the James River Reserve Fleet on her final voyage to the breakers yard in Brownsville, TX., 23 July 2009. Nick Tiberio
    Gage 59k Ex-USS Gage (APA-168) leaving the James River Reserve Fleet under tow enroute to Esco Marine, Brownsville, TX., 23 July 2009.
    Photo by E. B. Fletcher, courtesy Russ Padden
    Robert Hurst
    Gage 48k
    Gage 66k Ex-USS Gage (APA-168) off Newport News, VA. after leaving the James River Reserve Fleet under tow enroute to Esco Marine, Brownsville, TX., 23 July 2009.
    Photo by Photo by Andrew W. Hendley, USN (Retired), courtesy Russ Padden
    Robert Hurst

    USS Gage (APA-168)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Alexanderson, Leroy John, USNR :RADM12 December 1944 - 16 September 1945
    02CDR. Midgett, Ellery Clarence, USNR16 September 1945 - 21 May 1946
    03CDR. Payne, James Michael, USNR 21 May 1946 - 10 August 1946
    04LCDR. Larson, Wesley Leonard, USN10 August 1946 - 26 February 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Gage APA 168 in 2000
    Gage Obituary APA
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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