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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 80
    Enlisted 1,440
    Largest Boom Capacity 35t.
    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 cal dual-purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    10 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, 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 69k Gosper (APA-170) under way probably near Portland, OR. prior to acceptance by the US Navy, circa October-November 1944
    US Navy photo.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Gosper 100k 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)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. McCann, Francis Wyllie, USN (USNA 1927)18 November 1944 - 30 July 1945
    02LCDR. Hutchinson, Andrew, USNR30 July 1945 - 23 October 1945
    03CDR. McCann, Francis Wyllie, USN (USNA 1927)23 October 1945 - 21 February 1946
    04LCDR. Napier, Charles Edward, USNR21 February 1946 - 10 April 1946
    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
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