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USS McCracken (APA-198)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Yankee - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 8 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 29 September 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy and Commissioned USS McCracken (APA-198), 21 October 1944, at Astoria, OR., CDR. Brainerd N. Bock, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS McCracken was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eighteen, COMO. J.G. Moyer USN (14);
    TransDiv Fifty-Three, CAPT. W.N. Thornton USN and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 6 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS McCracken was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East 18 September to 13 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 10 October 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
  • Moved to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group, 17 June 1949
  • Returned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group, 28 November 1950
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 5 September 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • USS McCracken earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 May 1975, to Zidell Explorations, Portland OR., Removed, 24 May 1975
    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 87
    Enlisted 1,475
    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
    design shaft horsepower 8,500

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    McCracken 138k USS McCracken (APA-198) at anchor with boats in the water, location unknown, circa 1945-1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 73246. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970.
    Michael B. Kirby
    McCracken 71k USS McCracken (APA-198) at anchor, date and location unknown. Michael B. Kirby
    McCracken 199k Sketch of USS McCracken (APA-198) by Will Cressy, circa 1944, titled, "Tokyo Special - World War II". Michael B. Kirby
    McCracken 67k USS McCracken (APA-198) at anchored in San Francisco Bay, circa 1946. Michael B. Kirby
    McCracken 177k USS McCracken (APA-198) ports of call during World War II. Michael B. Kirby

    USS McCracken (APA-198)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bock, Brainerd Norton, USN (USNA 1924)21 October 1944 - 10 October 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    McCracken (APA-198) at Amphibious Forces WW II web site
    USS McCracken Muster Roll of the Crew, Commissioning Day, 21 October 1944
    USS McCracken War Diary
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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