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USS Lander (LPA-178)
USS Lander (APA-178) (1944 - 1968)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Uniform - Kilo
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 9 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 144) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 19 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 8 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Lander (APA-178), 9 December 1944, at Astoria OR., CAPT. John D. Sweeney USN (19) in command
  • During WWII USS Lander was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO A.S. Witherspoon;
    TransDiv Sixty-Eight, CAPT. C.R. Crutcher USN (18) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operations
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 6 to 16 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 7 to 11 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Lander was assigned to Occupation service for the following periods; 25 to 26 September and 21 to 27 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 March 1946, at Norfolk, Va.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 April 1946
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-178), 14 August 1968
  • USS Lander earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 September 1983, to Connecticut Transport Inc., immediately resold to Desgueces, Aviles, S.A., Spain, delivered 20 October 1983, scraping completed, 20 March 1984
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    8 Officers
    1,440 Enlisted
    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 dual-purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one Joshua Hendy turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers,. 465psi 750°
    double Joshua Hendy Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120/240V D.C. Ship' Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Lander 71k USS Lander (APA-178) at anchor, date and location unknown. Douglas A Smith SM3/c USS Lander December 1944 to January 1946
    Lander 91k USS Lander (APA-178) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Bill Gonyo
    Lander 134k USS Lander (APA-178) at anchor, circa late 1945 or early 1946, location unknown. Note that her guns have been removed.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 78574. Courtesy of James Russel1.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Lander (APA/LPA-178)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Sweeney, John Driscoll USN (USNA 1919)9 December 1944 - 29 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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