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USS Lavaca (APA-180)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Uniform - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 146) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
Launched, 27 November 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and commissioned USS Lavaca (APA-180), 17 December 1944, CAPT. Walter S. Gabriel, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Lavaca was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
Trans Div Sixty-Five, flagship, CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18)
Following World War II USS Lavaca was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 8 September 1945||
|24 September to 17 October 1945||24 September to 17 October 1945
|24 to 29 December 1945||
|5 to 21 May 1946||
|9 to 14 June 1946||
Decommissioned, 31 January 1947, at Norfolk, VA.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 17 September 1958 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington N.C.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
Towed by USS Utina (ATF-163) from Wilmington (departed 30 September 1964) to the James River National Defense Reserve Fleet,, Lee Hall, VA.(arrived 2 October 1964)
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 November 1992
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 Lavaca (APA-180) in San Francisco Bay, CA., in late 1945 or early 1946. She is returning veterans from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet.".
US Navy photo # NH 98737 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center, donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
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USS Lavaca (APA-180)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. Gabriel, Walter S.||17 December 1944 - 7 April 1946|
|02||CAPT. Christensen, Waldeman Nicholas,||7 April 1946 - 2 September 1946|
|03||LCDR. Parr, Warren Sherman||2 September 1946 - 12 December 1946|
|04||CDR. Byrd, Marion Moore||12 December 1946 - 31 January 1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 14 February 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|