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USS Sibley (APA-206)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Oscar - Juliet
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 21 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull MCV 554), at Permanente Metals Corp.Yard Number 2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 19 July 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Sibley (APA-206), 2 October 1944, CDR Edward I. McQuiston, USN (21), in command
  • During WWII USS Sibley was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Fifteen, CAPT. W. S. Popham USN (14)
    TransDiv Forty-Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 10 to 27 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 11 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Sibley was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 to 27 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 27 November 1946, at Stockton, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 10 September 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • USS Sibley earned two battle stars for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scraping, 18 April 1975, to Nicolai Joffe, delivered 16 May 1975
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 87
    Enlisted 1,475
    Largest Boom Capacity 35t.
    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 Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering 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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    Sibley 34k USS Sibley (APA-206) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Don Tucker for his father Earl F Tucker RM3/c, USS Sibley plankowner
    Sibley 108k USS Sibley (APA-206) at anchor, probably in 1946. Note that her guns have been removed.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 83412. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Sibley (APA-206)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. McQueen, Edward Irwin, USN (USNA 1921B)2 October 1944 - 26 August 1946
    02LT. McMinn, Donald Arlington, USN26 August 1946 - 27 November 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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