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USS Neshoba (APA-216)


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


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal


Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down (date unknown) as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 564) at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 7 October 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Neshoba (APA-216), 16 November 1944, CDR. Martin J. Drury, USN (25), in command
  • During World War II USS Neshoba was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eighteen, COMO J. G. Moyer USN (14);
    TransDiv Fifty-Two and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 4 December 1946, at Stockton, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 4 September 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 March 1975, to American Ship Dismantlers Inc., Portland, OR. for $210,001, removed 26 March 1975
  • USS Neshoba earned one battle star for her World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,450 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 99
    Enlisted 593
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 87
    Enlisted 1,475
    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 7,780Bbls
    Diesel 970Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Neshoba 38k USS Neshoba (APA-216) at anchor, starboard view Submitted by Daniel Skabialka to honor
    his father Marion (Maryan John) Skabialka USS Neshoba
    Neshoba 38k USS Neshoba (APA-216) in port, date and location unknown. Submitted by Daniel Skabialka to honor
    his father Marion (Maryan John) Skabialka USS Neshoba
    Neshoba 113k USS Neshoba (APA-216) in dry dock, stern view, date and location unknown. Submitted by Daniel Skabialka to honor
    his father Marion (Maryan John) Skabialka USS Neshoba
    Neshoba 44k USS Neshoba (APA-216) underway in rough seas, taking water over the bow Submitted by Daniel Skabialka to honor
    his father Marion (Maryan John) Skabialka USS Neshoba
    Neshoba 67k USS Neshoba (APA-216) lowering or recovering her boats, date and location unknown Submitted by Daniel Skabialka to honor
    his father Marion (Maryan John) Skabialka USS Neshoba
    Neshoba 44k USS Neshoba (APA-216) exercising one of her 40mm gun mounts Submitted by Daniel Skabialka to honor
    his father Marion (Maryan John) Skabialka USS Neshoba
    Neshoba 64k USS Neshoba (APA-216) at Okinawa, circa 1 to 5 April 1945.
    Russ Padden webmaster Amphibious Forces WWII web site
    Neshoba 43k USS Neshoba (APA-216) and an unidentified APA riding at anchor in the harbor at Guam, February 1946. Note; LCT-803 alongside Neshoba. Larry Brooks for his father C. Carroll Brooks SF1/c USS Neshoba passenger.

    the USS Neshoba (APA-216)
    DANFS history entry Located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Drury, Martin Joseph, USN (25)16 November 1944 - 26 October 1945
    02CAPT. Sweeny, Edward J., USNR26 October 1945 - 4 December 1946
    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
    Amphibious Forces WWII- USS Neshoba APA 216
    MARAD Vessel History Database

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