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USS Menard (APA-201)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - November - Echo
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 12 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 11 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter and Commissioned USS Menard (APA-201), 31 October 1944, at Astoria, OR., CDR. James B. Bliss USN in command
  • During World War II USS Menard was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eighteen COMO. J.G. Moyer USN (14);
    TransDiv Fifty-Four, CAPT. J.R. Lannom USN (19) and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 14 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Menard was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    16 to 27 September 1945
    6 to 22 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 14 June 1948, laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
  • Recommissioned, 2 December 1950
  • During the Korean War USS Menard participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    5 to 6 May 1951
    30 June to 5 July 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    11 to 17 October 1952
    14 to 20 Nov 1952
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    29 July 1951
    28 to 31 August 1951
     

  • During the Korean War USS Menard was also assigned to China Service for the following periods;

    China Service Medal (extended)
    15 to 25 July 1951
    26 October to 1 November 1951

  • Decommissioned, 18 October 1955, at Long Beach CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Long Beach Group
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 20 December 1960 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1961
  • Permanent custody transfer to the Maritime Administration, 1 September 1962
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 July 1975 to Dismantlers Inc., delivered, 17 August 1975
  • USS Menard received one battle star for World War II service and three battle stars for Korea service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 12,450 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 87
    Enlisted 1,475
    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
    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
    Propulsion
    one Allis-Chalmers geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox 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 Menard (APA-201)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bliss, James Bernard31 October 1944 - 1946
     Decommissioned14 June 1948 - 2 December 1950
    02CAPT. Finnegan, Joseph2 December 1950 - April 1952
    03CAPT. Knoll, Denys William :RADMApril 1952 - December 1952
    04CAPT. King, Victor AlbertDecember 1952 - 1953
    05CAPT. Ruff, Lawrence Ernest :RADM1953 - 1954
    06CAPT. Adair Jr., Noah1954 - 18 October 1955
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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