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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS Lenawee (APA-195)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Whiskey - Victor
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 (2)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (1)
Fourth - Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, (Gallantry) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 26 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 663) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp. Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 11 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Lenawee (APA-195), 11 October 1944, CDR. Carson R. Miller, USN in command
  • During World War II USSLenawee was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Sixteen, COMO J.R. McGovern USN;
    TransDiv Forty-Eight CAPT. C. L. Andrews Jr. USN (19), 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 27 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 14 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Lenawee 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 10 September 194521 June to 5 July 1951
    5 to 11 October 194517 to 20 October 1951
    4 to 9 December 19456 to 14 February 1955

  • Decommissioned, 3 August 1946, at Stockton, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton, CA.
  • Recommissioned, 30 September 1950, Capt. Eliot M. Brown in command
  • During the Korean War USS Lenawee and participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    5 to 6 June 1951
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    7 to 17 May 1953
    3 June 1953
    15 June to 2 July 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    29 to 31 August 1951
  • During the Vietnam War USS Lenawee and participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    4 to 12 September 1963
    9 December 1964 to 9 January 1965
    10 to 11 April 1965
    15 to 19 April 1965
    7 to 12 May 1965
    24 to 30 May 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    7 to 10 October 1966
    26 October to 7 November 1966
    10 to 16 December 1966

  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1967
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 29 June 1967, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1968
  • USS Lenawee earned two battle stars for World War II service, three battle stars for Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with one campaign star for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Nicolai Joffe, 17 July 1975 (PD-X-997 dated 9 June 1975) for $129,039.78, withdrawn from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, 28 July 1975, scrapped by NASSCO, Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA.
    Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Officers 52
    Enlisted 673
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 86
    Enlisted 1,475
    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 cal dual-purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Lenawee 37k Stern view USS Lenawee (APA-195) at anchor off Astoria Naval Station, Astoria, OR., circa November 1944
    US Naval Station Astoria photo # 101833 now in the collections of the NARA, Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle).
    Tracy White
    Lenawee 28k Bow on view USS Lenawee (APA-195) at anchor off Astoria Naval Station, Astoria, OR., circa November 1944
    US Naval Station Astoria photo # 101832 now in the collections of the NARA, Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle).
    Tracy White
    Lenawee 117k Burial at sea aboard USS Lenawee (APA-195) near Okinawa, circa April 1945. Tommy Trampp
    Lenawee 101k USS Lenawee (APA-195) at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, circa April 23 to May 22 1945. Harvey Wonder, ex US Navy Seabee, WWII Veteran
    Courtesy Martin L Hailey USS Lenawee, 1955-1956
    Lenawee 151k USS Lenawee (APA-195) probably embarking Army personnel during one of her two "Magic Carpet" voyages circa 1945 - 1946. Tommy Trampp
    Lenawee 114k
    Lenawee 130k
    Lenawee 83k
    Lenawee 102k
    Lenawee 114k
    Lenawee 101k
    Lenawee 110k
    Lenawee 97k
    Lenawee 144k USS Lenawee (APA-195) operating out of San Diego, CA., March 1957
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Lenawee 260k USS Lenawee (APA-195) under way at San Diego, CA. with the tug Vaga (YTB-374) on her bow, 20 March 1967.
    Amphibious Force, US Pacific Fleet, San Diego, California - Photo # Amphibious Force #3997-3-67 (US Navy photo).
    Darryl Baker
    Lenawee 57k Overhead view of USS Lenawee (APA-195), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    209k USS Lenawee (APA-195), date and location unknown. Nicholas Tieberio

    Crossing the Equator Initiation Ceremony
    The Royal Court and the Commanding Officer, Shellback Pollywog Drag
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    USS Lenawee Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by Tommy Trampp

    USS Lenawee (APA-195)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Miller, Carson Rial, USN (USNA 1923)11 October 1944 - 1 May 1945
    02CAPT. Detzer Jr., August Jackson, USN (USNA 1921-B)1 May 1945 - 13 September 1945
    03CDR. Austin, Albert M., USNR13 September 1945 - 3 August 1946
     Decommissioned3 August 1946 - 30 September 1950
    04CAPT. Brown, Eliot Mitchell, USN (USNA 1931)30 September 1950 - ?
    05CAPT. McCrea Victor Bee, (Bull) USN (USNA 1932) :RADM1954 - 1955
    06CAPT. Masterson, Kleber Sandlin, USN (USNA 1930) :VADM1956 - January 1956
    07CAPT. Price, George Marvin, USN (USNA 1933)January 1956 - May 1956
    08CAPT. Fusselman, Raymond Dennis, USN (USNA 1934)May 1956 - August 1957
    09CAPT. Kirkpatrick, Harlan Good, USN (USNA 1936)August 1957 - 1958
    10CAPT. Newcomb, Arnold Houghton, USN (USNA 1935)August 1958 - 18 December 1959
    11CAPT. Pace, John Edward, USN (USNA 1937) 18 December 1959 - 20 January 1961
    12CAPT. Bagby Jr., Oliver Walton, USN (USNA 1938)20 January 1961 - 5 April 1962
    13CAPT. Thienes, Robert Leo, USN5 April 1962 - 25 May 1963
    14CAPT. Wihite, Drewry, Raymond, USN (USNA 1942)25 May 1963 - 21 July 1964
    15CAPT. Lorentson, Adrian Vincent, USN21 July 1964 - 30 July 1965
    16CAPT. Dodson, Boykin Robinson, USN30 July 1965 - 26 July 1966
    17CAPT. Volpi, Ray Andrew, USN256 July 1966 - 20 June 1967
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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