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USS Navarro (LPA-215)
USS Navarro (APA-215) (1944 - 1969)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (7) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 27 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 563), at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 3 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Navarro (APA-215), 15 November 1944, CDR. Fred E. Angrick USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Navarro was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eleven, COMO. D.W. Loomis USN (18);
    TransDiv Thirty-One and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 7 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    6 to 15 September 1945 
    9 October to 25 November 19459 October to 25 November 1945
    20 January to 1 February 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 26 June 1946, for lay up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
  • Recommissioned, 2 December 1950, CAPT. Richard E. Westbrook in command
  • USS Navarro was also assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 3 May to 8 October 1952
  • During the Vietnam War USS Navarro participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    13 to 21 May 1962
    30 May to 5 June 1965
    20 June to 3 July 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    28 to 31 August 1967
    8 to 26 September 1967
    5 November to 3 December 1967
    18 December 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Defense
    4 July to 23 August 1965
    25 September to 23 December 1965
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 19 February 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    16 January 1966 to 18 February 1966

  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-215), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 20 August 1970, at San Diego, CA., custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1976
  • USS Navarro earned one battle star for World War II service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by MARAD exchange, 19 February 1982, to C. W. Enterprises and Suisun Bay Investment Co. for scrapping in Taiwan or South Korea, delivered 16 June 1982
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 86
    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 Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Navarro 132k USS Navarro (APA-215) Welcome Aboard pamphlet cover. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Navarro 44k USS Navarro (APA-215) under way, date and location unknown. Edward L. Williams
    Navarro 73k USS Navarro (APA-215) entering the harbor at Bangkok, Thailand, 16 May 1962. Navarro transported 1,800 Marines, T he Marines moved up to the Thai-Laos border to aid in the defense of Thailand Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Navarro 46k USS Navarro (APA-215) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, HI., May 1963. Photo by Fred Finks taken from USS Archerfish (AGSS-311) while moored at Sail 1-B, Pearl Harbor. Ken Henry USS Archerfish Historian
    Navarro 255k USS Navarro (APA-215) under way off Norfolk, Virginia, circa 1964.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 66831. Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Navarro 319k USS Navarro (APA-215) under way off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 5 May 1965.
    US National Archives Photo # USN 1112172 a US Navy Photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Navarro 126k USS Navarro (APA-215) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Navarro (APA/LPA-215)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Angrick, Fred E.15 November 1944 - 25 February 1946
    02CAPT. Goulett, Wilfred Bradley, USN (USNA 1925)25 February 1946 - 26 June 1946
     Decommissioned26 June 1946 - 2 December 1950
    03CAPT. Westbrook, Richard Evans, USN (USNA 1926)2 December 1950 - 10 March 1952
    04CAPT. Estabrook Jr., William Sears, USN (USNA 1930)10 March 1952 - 2 January 1953
    05CAPT. Kirvan, William Henderson2 January 1953 - 5 December 1953
    06CAPT. Wilkinson, Robert Holden, USN (USNA 1929)5 December 1953 - 18 November 1954
    07CAPT. Ellsworth Jr., Ernest Bradford, USN (USNA 1931) :RADM18 November 1954 - 22 February 1956
    08CAPT. Pelling, Albert George22 February 1956 - 13 March 1957
    09CAPT. Smith, James Edward (Jimmy), USN (USNA 1934)10 March 1957 - 15 November 1957
    10CAPT. Murphy, Francis Joseph, USN15 November 1957 - 18 March 1958
    11CAPT. Wilson, James Creighton Gillespie, USN (USNA 1935)18 March 1958 - 17 February 1960
    12CAPT. Manown, Edward Stelzner, USN (USNA 1938)17 February 1960 - 20 July 1961
    13CAPT. Hack, John Adrian, USN (USNA 1935)20 July 1961 - 7 June 1962
    14CAPT. Borden, John Corbett, USN7 June 1962 - 20 July 1963
    15CAPT. Brink, John Daniel20 July 1963 - 1964
    16CAPT. Trottier, Albert Roland, USN (USNA 1944)1964 - 1965
    17CAPT. Love Jr., John Jefferson, USN1965 - July 1967
    18CAPT. Whitmire, Donald Boone, USN (USNA 1947) :RADMJuly 1967 - 1968
    19CAPT. Chandler Jr., Alfred White, USN1968 - ?
    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
    U.S.S. Navarro (APA-215) Association
    MARAD Vessel History Database

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