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USS Hyde (LPA-173)
USS Hyde (APA-173) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Tango - Yankee
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
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 Maritime Commission MC standard type VC2-S-AP5 hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 139) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
  • Launched 30 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and Commissioned USS Hyde (APA-173), 26 November 1944, CAPT. Eugene F. May USN (26) in command
  • During World War II USS Hyde was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Thirteen, COMO. M. O. Carlson USN (16);
    TransDiv Thirty-Eight, CAPT. P. P. Welsh USN (18), and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 13 to 15 March April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    6 to 21 September 194511 to 17 October 1945
    3 to 8 December 194528 October to 2 December 1945

  • Decommissioned 14 May 1946 at Norfolk VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 16 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS Hyde earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Redesignated as an Amphibious Transport (LPA-173), 1 January 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Spain, 17 September 1973, to S. A. Desbar, Delivered 17 October 1973
    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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    Hyde 130k USS Hyde (APA-173) at anchor, date and location unknown. Doug Strohkirch
    Hyde 93k USS Hyde (APA-173) at anchor, circa 1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 74303. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Hyde (APA-173)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. May, Eugene Franklin :RADM USN (USNA 1926)26 November 1944 - 14 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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