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USS Pickens (APA-190)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Kilo - Xray
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, 22 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type VC2-S-AP5 hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull MCV 658) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Vancouver WA.
Launched, 21 July 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and Commissioned USS Pickens (APA-190), 18 September 1944, CDR. John V. McElduff, in command
During World War II USS Pickens was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Fourteen COMO. D. L. Ryan USN (16);
TransDiv Forty-Two, CAPT. A. R. Mack USN (17); and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 11 April 1945
Following World War II USS Pickens was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 30 September to 1 November 1945
Decommissioned, 12 April 1946, at Norfolk VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 18 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., Delivered 7 September 1973
USS Pickens earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
Draft 24' (lim)
Speed 17.7 kts.
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
one quad 40mm AA gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
ten 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. Ships' Service Generators
one propeller, 8,500shp
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||Launching ceremony photos for USS Pickens (APA-190). The ship's sponsor Mrs. Howard Denhart breaks the traditional bottle of Champagne across the ships bow on 21 May 1944 at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Vancouver WA.
USS Pickens (APA-190)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. McElduff, John Vincent, USN (20)||18 September 1944 - 12 April 1946|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 13 June 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|