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USS Sarasota (LPA-204)
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USS Sarasota (APA-204) (1944 - 1969)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - November - Mike
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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:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    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 194529 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, 1 August 1946, at Stockton, 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
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-204) 1 January 1969
  • Final Disposition, trade out for scraping, 15 November 1983, to Waterman Steamship Corp. under a Ship Exchange Contract. Resold to Balbao Desquaces Maritimos for scraping in Spain
  • USS Sarasota earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Draft 24'
    Complement
    Officers 99
    Enlisted 593
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 87
    Enlisted 1,475
    Largest Boom Capacity 35t.
    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 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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    Sarasota 1086k USS Sarasota (APA-204) at Lingayen Gulf, 8 January 1945. Glen Jensen
    Sarasota
    APA 204 2061-46
    260k 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
    Darryl Baker
    Sarasota
    APA 204 2062-46
    235k
    Greenlet 105k 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
    Darryl Baker
    Sarasota 55k USS Sarasota (APA-204) at anchor in 1954, location unknown. Glen Jensen

    USS Sarasota (APA-204 / LPA-204)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. MacPherson, James Ian USNR16 August 1944 - 17 November 1945
    02CAPT. Pogue, William Grady17 November 1945 - 1946
    03CDR. Payson, Jr., Harold1946 - 1 August 1946
     Decommissioned1 August 1946 - 3 February 1951
    03CDR. Roby Sr., Allan Barkhurst :RADM1952 - May 1953
    04CDR. Payson Jr., HaroldMay 1953 - 27 July 1954
    06CAPT. Whelchel, David Lee27 July 1954 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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