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USS Gosper (APA-170)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Tango - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 29 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 136) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland OR.
Launched 20 October 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 18 November 1944
Commissioned the same day USS Gosper (APA-170), 18 November 1944, CDR. Francis Wyllie. McCann USN (27) in command
During World War II USS Gosper was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
TransRon Twenty, COMO. H.W. Grap USN (15);
TransDiv Fifty-Nine, CAPT. J.K. Davis and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 6 to 30 March 1945
Decommissioned, 10 April 1946, at Newport News, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 17 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
USS Gosper earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 March 1974, to Isaac Verla, Castellon de la Plana, Spain, for $127,007, delivered 12 June 1974
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 12,450 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 35t.
Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu. ft
one open LCPL
one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
one single 5"/38 cal dual-purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
one quad 40mm AA gun mount
10 single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,780 Bbls
Diesel 970 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||Gosper (APA-170) under way probably near Portland, OR. prior to acceptance by the US Navy, circa October-November 1944
US Navy photo.
||USS Gosper (APA-170) passing under the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco Bay, late 1945 or early 1946.
US Navy photo # NH 98726 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
|US Naval Historical Center
USS Gosper (APA-170)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. McCann, Francis Wyllie, USN (27)||18 November 1944 - July 1945|
|02||LCDR. Hutchinson, Andrew||July 1945 - 23 October 1945|
|03||CDR. McCann, Francis Wyllie, USN (27)||23 October 1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
USS Gosper APA-170 General Plans from the San Francisco Maritime Park Association
Last Updated 4 December 2015
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|