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USS Sarasota (LPA-204)
USS Sarasota (APA-204) (1944 - 1969)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - November - Mike
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
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Haskell Class Attack Transport
Laid down, 11 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 552) at Permanente Metals Corp, Richmond, CA,
Launched, 14 June 1944
Commissioned USS Sarasota (APA-204), 16 August 1944, CDR. James I. MacPherson, USNR, in command
During WWII USS Sarasota was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Fourteen, COMO. D.L. Ryan USN (16);
TransDiv Forty (flagship) and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 22 April1945
|Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
Following World War II USS Sarasota was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East and Europe as well as China service for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|Asia - 2 to 28 September 1945||29 September to 2 December 1945
|Asia - 3 to 10 December 1945||
|Europe - 24 January to 8 May 1952||
|Europe - 19 May to 20 September 1954||
Decommissioned, 5 August 1946, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
Recommissioned, 3 February 1951
Decommissioned, 2 September 1955, at Charleston, S.C.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Charleston Group
Returned to Maritime Administration (MARAD) custody, 24 February 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Permanent custody transferred to MARAD, 30 June 1960
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1966
USS Sarasota earned three battle stars for World War II service
Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-204) 1 January 1969
Final Disposition, trade out for scrapping, 1 August 1983, to Waterman Steamship Corp. under a Ship Exchange Contract. Resold to Balbao Desquaces Maritimos for
scrapping in Spain, Removed, 15 November 1983, scrapping completed, 25 April 1984
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 35t.
Cargo Capacity 2,900 Dwt
non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft
one open LCPL
one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
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
NSFO 7,780 Bbls
Diesel 970 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Sarasota (APA-204) at Lingayen Gulf, 8 January 1945.
APA 204 2061-46
||Port side and stern view of USS Sarasota (APA-204) in San Pablo Bay after departing Mare Island Naval Ship, 18 June 1946.
US Navy photos File name: APA 204 2061-46 and Navy Photo, 6/18/46 and File name: APA 204 2062-46. Navy Photos, 6/18/46
APA 204 2062-46
||USS Sarasota (APA-204) moored forward of USS Greenlet (ASR-10) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 21 May 1946. Outboard of Sarasota is USS Sanborn (APA-193).
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1885-46
||USS Sarasota (APA-204) at anchor in 1954, location unknown.
||USS Sarasota (APA-204) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
||USS Sarasota (APA-204) at anchor, probably at the Island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea, in May 1952.
US National Archives Photo 80-G-441565
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
USS Sarasota (APA-204 / LPA-204)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. MacPherson, James Ian, USNR||16 August 1944 - 17 November 1945|
|02||CAPT. Pogue, William Grady, USN (USNA 1923)||17 November 1945 - 1 August 1946|
| ||Decommissioned||1 August 1946 - 3 February 1951|
|03||CDR. Roby Sr., Allan Barkhurst, USN (USNA 1930) :RADM||1952 - May 1953|
|04||CDR. Payson Jr., Harold, USN (USNA 1931)||May 1953 - 27 July 1954|
|05||CAPT. Whelchel, David Lee, USN (USNA 1930) :RADM||27 July 1954 - ?|
|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
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 19 May 2017
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