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USS Missoula (APA-211)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 20 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission, type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 559) at Permanente Metals Corp. Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 6 September 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Missoula (APA-211), 27 October 1944, CDR. Alexander C. Kopper USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Missoula was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Sixteen, COMO J.R. McGovern USN;
    TransDiv Forty-Eight CAPT. C. L. Andrews Jr. USN (19), and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operations
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 25 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operations
    Assault an occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 14 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 10 September 1945
    23 September to 18 October 1945
    18 January to 20 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 13 September 1946, at Port Chicago, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958 and returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) the same day for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • USS Missoula earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Permanent custody assumed by MARAD, 29 October 1958
  • Final Disposition, sold for non-transportation use (scrapping), 5 March 1975, to American Ship Dismantlers Inc. (PD-X-993 dated 24 June 1975) for $218,001.00. Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet 8 April 1875
    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 35 t.
    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 Babcock & 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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    Missoula 215k USS Missoula (APA-211) under way in November 1944. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 4T.
    US National Archives, Photo # 80-G-287611, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives

    Mike Green
    Missoula 56k USS Missoula (APA-211), at anchor, in the transport area off Iwo Jima or Okinawa. Note, she appears to be firing her forward twin 40mm gun mount skyward, possibly under attack from Japanese kamikaze aircraft.
    Russ Padden webmaster
    Amphibious Forces WWII Web Site

    USS Missoula (APA-211)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Kopper, Alexander C., USNR27 October 1944 - ?
    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 Database
    Amphibious Forces WWII- USS Missoula APA 211
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