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USS Kingsbury (LPA-177)
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USS Kingsbury (APA-177) (1944 - 1969)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Uniform - India
NDUI
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 a Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 143) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 16 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and commissioned USS Kingsbury (APA-177), 6 December 1944, CDR. John H. Hughes in command
  • During World War II USS Kingsbury was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
    Trans Div Sixty-Five, CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 5 to 16 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS Kingsbury was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 to 23 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1946, at Portsmouth, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 23 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • USS Kingsbury received one battle star for World War II service
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-177), 1 January 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Spain, 17 August 1983, to Sociedad Anonima Desbar S. A., removed, 17 August 1983
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Complement
    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.
    Boats
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    Kingsbury 90k USS Kingsbury (APA-177) Commissioning Program Ron Reeves
    Kingsbury 90k USS Kingsbury (APA-177) in San Francisco Bay, CA., 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 98734 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Kingsbury (APA / LPA-177)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Hughes, John Henry6 December 1944 - 27 November 1945
    02CDR. Dillon Jr., Daniel27 November 1945 - 19 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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