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USS Mountrail (LPA-213)
USS Mountrail (APA-213) (1944 - 1969)
Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Papa - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (3) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)
Fourth Row - Philippines Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 24 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 561, at Permanente Metals Corp. Yard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 20 September 1944
Commissioned USS Mountrail (APA-213), 16 November 1944, CDR. Robert R. Stevens USNR in command
During World War II USS Mountrail was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20);
TransDiv Fifty-One, CAPT. J. L. Allen USNR and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 25 April 1945
Following World War II USS Mountrail was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|3 October to 4 November 1945||3 October to 4 November 1945
Decommissioned, 12 July 1946. at Stockton, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
Recommissioned, 9 September 1950
USS Mountrail was again assigned to China service from 15 to 28 May 1951
During the Korean War USS Mountrail participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|First UN Counter Offensive
5 to 12 February 1951
|Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
1 to 19 August 1952
27 August to 4 September 1952
17 to 18 October 1952
11 to 19 November 1952
|Communist China Spring Offensive
11 to14 May 1951
Decommissioned, 1 October 1955, at Long Beach, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
Transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 7 June 1960
Withdrawn from reserve for reactivation, 5 August 1961
Recommissioned, 22 November 1961
Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-213), 1 January 1969
Decommissioned, 13 August 1970 and delivered to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) the same day for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Permanent custody assumed by MARAD, 1 September 1971
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1976
USS Mountrail earned one battle star for World War II service and three battle stars for Korean War service
Final Disposition, 28 September 1989, to Exxon Shipping Co. as trade-out, immediately resold to Rivson International, Inc., resold to Eckhart Marine Gmbh for scrapping in either India or Bangladesh, removed from the Reserve Fleet, 1 July 1990. Scrapping completed 21 May 1991
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
Officers 86 Officers
Cargo Capacity 150,000 cu. ft, (non-refrigerated) 2,900 tons
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 Gear
three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||Starboard aerial bow view of USS Mountrail (APA-213) under way off the coast of California, 5 December 1944.
US navy photo 80-G-289784 photographed by Naval Air Station Alameda, California, aircraft, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|National Museum of the US Navy
||USS Mountrail (APA-213) under way, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||USS Mountrail (APA-213), at anchor, date and location unknown.
Russ Padden webmaster
Amphibious Forces WWII Web Site
||Painting USS Mountrail (APA-213)'s hull, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine August 1954
Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Mountrail (APA-213) in 1967 during an underway refueling from USS Waccamaw (AO-109), location unknown.
||Bill Guhl USS Waccamaw
||USS Mountrail (APA-213) underway, date and location unknown.
||Don Elliott for his father George "Dean" Elliott SK3/c USS Mountrail 1952-55
||USS Mountrail (APA-213) moored in the port of Genoa, Italy, 1 June 1967.
||Photo by Carlo Martinelli
||USS Mountrail (APA-213) moored at Genoa, Italy, between USS De Soto County (LST-1177) and USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100), 31 December 1967.
||Photo by Carlo Martinelli
USS Mountrail (APA-213 / LPA-213)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Stevens, Robert R.||16 November 1944 - 7 December 1946|
| ||Decommissioned||7 December 1946 - 9 September 1950|
|02||CAPT. Murphy, John William||09 September 1950 - ?|
|03||CAPT. Farmer, William Howard :RADM||1952 - ?|
|04||CAPT. Cox, William Ruffin :RADM||October 1953 - September 1954|
|05||CAPT. Scott, David Darwin||September 1954 - 1 October 1955|
| ||Decommissioned||1 October 1955 - 22 December 1961|
|06||CAPT. Compton, Emmett Mobley||22 December 1961 - June 1963|
|07||CAPT. Rizza, Joseph Patula :RADM||June 1963 - May 1964|
|08||CAPT. Surface, Wayne Douglas||May 1964 - 26 July 1965|
|10||CAPT. Gray, William James :RADM||26 July 1965 - 7 November 1966|
|11||CAPT. Grey, O. B.||7 November 1966 - 9 December 1967|
|12||CAPT. Mussetto, Bruno||9 December 1967 - ?|
|13||CAPT. Hamberg, Harold Adolph||1969 - February 1970|
|14||CAPT. Mussetto, Bruno||February 1970 - 13 August 1970|
|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 Mountrail APA 213
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