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USS Meriwether (APA-203)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - November - Kilo
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Amphibious Transport:
  • Laid down, 27 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC-2-S-AP5) hull under a Maritime Commission contract (MCV 671) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 18 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Meriwether (APA-203), 7 December 1944, CAPT. Angus M. Cohan USN, in command
  • During World War II USS Meriwether was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty, COMO. H.W. Graf USN (15);
    TransDiv Fifty-Eight and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Meriwether was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 23 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 14 August 1946, at San Francisco
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton, CA.
  • Permanent custody transferred to MARAD, 30 September 1958, laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck for the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • USS Meriwether earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 May 1975, to Union Minerals & Alloys, delivered, 20 June 1975
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 19 kts.
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    86 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    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 5"/38 dual-purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one Allis-Chalmers geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Meriwether 111k USS Meriwether (APA-203) preparing to refuel USS William J. Pattison (APD-104) before Meriwether and Pattison entered Tokyo Bay, 26 August 1945. Photos by James Ray Cannon USS William J. Pattison Cathy Petersen
    Meriwether 116k
    Meriwether 72k USS Meriwether (APA-203) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Eric L. Seibert in memory of his father
    Warren F. Seibert USS Meriwether
    Meriwether 135k USS Meriwether (APA-203) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Bob Holliday
    Meriwether 99k USS Meriwether (APA-203) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Bob Holliday

    USS Meriwether (APA-203)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Cohan, Angus Meade, USN (USNA 1921)7 December 1944 - 11 June 1946
    02LCDR. Wilson, Gerald Westley, USN11 June 1946 - 14 August 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
    Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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