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USS Karnes (APA-175)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Uniform - Echo
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 a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 141) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
Launched, 7 November 1944
Commissioned USS Karnes (APA-175), 3 December 1944, Captain Robert B. Miller USN (22) in command
During World War II USS Karnes was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
TransDiv Sixty-Five, CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18) and participated in the following campaign;
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 to 8 May 1945
Following World War II USS Karnes was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|19 to 24 October 1945||15 to 27 December 1945
Decommissioned, 11 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 24 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 Karnes earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Spain, 15 March 1974, to Mr. Isaac Varela, Castellon de la Planna, (PD-X-972), for $727.007.00,
Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet 3 April 1974
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
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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||USS Karnes (APA-175) passing under the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, in late 1945 or early 1946.
US Navy photo # NH 98731 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
|Contributed by Julius E. Shoulars
Submitted by Russ Padden
USS Karnes (APA-175)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Miller, Robert Bruce USN (USNA 1922)||3 December 1944 - 11 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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Last Updated 31 March 2017
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