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USS Pickens (APA-190)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Kilo - Xray
NQKX
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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 87
    Enlisted 1,475
    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
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Pickens 221k 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. Dale Hargrave
    Pickens 229k
    Pickens 315k

    USS Pickens (APA-190)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. McElduff, John Vincent, USN (20)18 September 1944 - 12 April 1946

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

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