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USS Oconto (APA-187)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Victor - Romeo
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 - 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, 5 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 655), at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Vancouver WA.
Launched, 20 June 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and Commissioned USS Oconto (APA-187), 2 September 1944, CAPT. Paul Jackson, in command
During World War II USS Oconto was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Fourteen, COMO. D. L. Ryan USN (16);
TransDiv Forty and participated in the following campaign;
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 6 April 1945
Following World War II USS Oconto was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|6 to 15 September 1945||1 to 9 November 1945
|25 November to 2 December 1945||
Decommissioned, 22 May 1946, at Norfolk VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 31 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
USS Oconto (APA-187) earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 5 July 1974, to Luria Bros. & Co. (PD-X-975 dated 27 March 1974) for $285,989.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve
Fleet, 15 August 1974
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Draft 24' (limiting)
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 Allis-Chalmers geared turbine
two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
double Falk Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Oconto (APA-187) under way, probably near Vancouver, WA. soon after completion, circa September 1944.
US Navy photo
||USS Oconto (APA-187) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Joyce Neely, whose father served in Oconto
||USS Oconto (APA-187) at anchor with men crowding her decks, probably upon returning to the United States from the Pacific war
zone, circa late 1945 or early 1946. Note that her guns have been removed.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 78579. Courtesy of James Russel1.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
USS Oconto (APA-187)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Jackson, Paul (Mytee O.), USN (USNA 1923)||2 September 1944 - 13 October 1945|
|02||CAPT. Pritchard, James Alexander, USN (USNA 1927)||13 October 1945 - 1 May 1946|
|03||CDR. Jones, Clarence Albert USNR||1 May 1946 - 22 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 10 November 2017
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