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USS Kershaw (APA-176)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 142) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 12 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and Commissioned USS Kershaw (APA-176), 2 December 1944, CDR. Allen G. Davenport USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Kershaw was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
    TransDiv Sixty-Three, CAPT. F. M. O'Leary USN (20) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 11 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    28 September to 7 October 1945
    18 to 21 November 1945
    28 June to 15 July 1946

  • Decommissioned, 20 December 1946, at Portsmouth, VA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • USS Kershaw earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 19 December 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 August 1982, to Union Metals & Alloys Corp., removed, 31 August 1982
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 593
    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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    Kershaw 66k USS Kershaw (APA-176) at anchor, date and location unknown. David Roth
    Kershaw 79k USS Kershaw (APA-176) in San Francisco Bay, in late 1945 or early 1946. She is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."
    US Navy photo # NH 98733 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Kershaw 105k USS Kershaw (APA-176) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photo from USS Lanier (APA-125) cruise book, 1944-46.
    Russ Padden
    Kershaw 104k Views of USS Kershaw (APA-176) foredeck while underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Kershaw 79k USS Kershaw (APA-176) at anchor at Anchor Honshu Aomori, Japan, after the surrender and subsequent occupation of Japan Tommy Trampp
    Kershaw 102k
    Kershaw 178k Signalman Norman Juzysta at work aboard USS Kershaw (APA-176), date and location unknown.
    Photo from Norman Juzysta scrapbook
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Kershaw (APA-176)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Davenport, Allen George, USNR2 December 1944 - 15 January 1946
    02CAPT. Grandfield, Francis Joseph, USN (USNA 1924)15 January 1946 - 20 December 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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