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USS New Kent (APA-217)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down. 11 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 565) at Permanente Metals Corp. Yard No.2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 12 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS New Kent (APA-217), 22 November 1944, CAPT. Frank Monroe, Jr. USN (23), in command
  • During World War II USS New Kent was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Nineteen, COMO C. D. Edgar USN (12);
    TransDiv Fifty-Five 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 New Kent was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 12 to 27 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 July 1949, Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX.
  • Recommissioned, 10 October 1951
  • USS New Kent was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 29 July to 1 August 1952
  • Decommissioned, 12 July 1954, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX.
  • Reassigned, 17 September 1958, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL., remained in place at Orange, until sale date
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • USS New Kent earned one battle star during World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 October 1971, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp.(PD-X-918 dated 20 July 1971) one of a nine hull sale for $467,100.00, Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 24 July 1972
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 12,450 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Draft 24'
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 80
    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
    10 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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    New Kent 69k USS New Kent (APA-217) at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo by Edward D. Wolf Jr. USS New Kent
    New Kent 111k USS New Kent (APA-217) under way with assistance of tugs, on Lake Washington, 12 June 1945. Jonnie Enloe for her father John L. Enloe USS New Kent
    New Kent 143k USS New Kent (APA-217) anchored off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, 23 February 1949.
    US National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-445316 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    New Kent 80k USS New Kent (APA-217) crew members and passengers, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    New Kent 83k
    New Kent 91k
    New Kent 822k Ex-USS New Kent (APA-217) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James Rive Group, Lee Hall, VA., circa early 1970's. Photo from the Chris Howell collection with copyright

    USS New Kent (APA-217)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Monroe Jr., Frank, USN (USNA 1929)22 November 1944 - 15 June 1945
    02CDR. Baker, James Ellis S., USN (USNA 1922)15 June 1945 - 26 November 1945
    03CAPT. Swanson, Clarence Floyd, USN (USNA 1920)26 November 1945 - ?
    04CAPT. Weaver, Paul Leicester Ford, USN (USNA 1924) :RADMOctober 1947 - October 1948
     Decommissioned29 July 1949 - 10 October 1951
    05CAPT. Cook, Lawrence Blanchard, USN (USNA 1931)1953 - 12 July 1954
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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