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USS Grimes (APA-172)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Tango - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - 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 in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 138) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland, OR.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and commissioned USS Grimes (APA-172), 23 November 1944, CAPT. James M. Smith USN in command
  • During World War II USS Grimes was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Grap USN (15);
    TransDiv Sixty, (flagship) CAPT. A. T. Moen USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 6 to 16 March April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 27 September 1945
    18 to 21 October 1945
    10 to 12 December 1945
    10 to 21 May 1946
    7 t o15 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1947, at Norfolk VA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register. 1 October 1958
  • USS Grimes earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 15 October 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Changed berth, 30 October 1964, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 August 1974, to Union Minerals and Alloys, New York, $280,160, removed 11 November 1974
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 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 35 t.
    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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    Grimes 906k USS Grimes (APA-172) at anchor, date and location unknown. Alan Bruce Woods for his father Allen Douglas Woods S2/c USS Grimes
    Grimes 33k USS Grimes (APA-172) underway, date and location unknown. Ben Netzley for his brother
    Raymond Earl Netzley USS Grimes
    Grimes 116k USS Grimes (APA-172) personnel inspection, date and location unknown. (On the back of this photo Mr. Ray Netzley wrote "some of Mugs shipmates." Ben Netzley for his brother
    Raymond Earl Netzley USS Grimes

    USS Grimes (APA-172)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Smith, James McDonald, USN (USNA 1925)23 November 1944 - 9 October 1945
    02CAPT. Parsons, Frank Waterman, USN (USNA 1923)9 October 1945 - 26 February 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Web Sites of Interest
    Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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