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USS Noble (APA-218)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (6)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5-Vietnam, 2-Quemoy-Matsu, 3-Vietnam) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal



USS Noble (APA-218) was transferred to Spain and renamed Aragón (TA-11)

Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 20 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 566), at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Noble (APA-218), 27 November 1944, CDR. Solomon S. Isquith USN (20) in command
  • During World War II USS Noble was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
    TransDiv Sixty-Two, CAPT. H. E. Padock USN (15) and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 13 September 1945 
    20 to 24 September 1945 
    23 October to 2 November 194523 October to 2 November 1945
    23 to 26 December 194515 to 28 March 1951
     6 to 15 February 1955 1951

  • During the Korean War USS Noble participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 to 21 September 1950
    8 to 31 October 1950
    First UN Counter Offensive
    8 to 11 February 1951
    27 February to 6 March 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    2 to 28 December 1950
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    6 November 1951
    11 to 14 November 1951
    Inchon Landing
    14 to 17 September 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    22 to 23 January 1952
    3 to 4 February 1952

  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1964, at San Diego, CA.
  • Transferred (sold) under terms of the Mutual Assistance Program, to Spain, 19 December 1964, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned into the Spanish Navy as Aragón (TA-11)
  • Decommissioned to reserve in 1980
  • Name assigned to ex USS Francis Marion (LPA-249)
  • Struck from the Spanish Navy List, 1 January 1982
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1987
  • USS Noble earned one battle star for World War II service and six battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Complement
    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.
    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
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox 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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    USS Noble (APA-218)
    YW-107 80k USS Noble (APA-218) anchored off New York City, 25 May 1946, with YW-107 alongside.
    US Navy Photo # NH 66832 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, ViA. Ted Stone Collection.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Noble 128k USS Noble (APA-218) underway circa late 1940s or early 1950s, location unknown
    US Navy Photo # NH97121 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Noble 87k USS Noble (APA-218) underway off San Diego, December 1956
    US Navy Photo # NH97122, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Noble 67k USS Noble (APA-218)'s, LCVPs wait their turn to go up to the pontoon docks to unload troops and supplies, on the first day of the landings during the Inchon Invasion, 15 September 1950.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-420005, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Scott from LBS Products
    Aragón (TA-11)
    Noble 268k Aragón (TA-11), ex-USS Noble (LPA-218) heading out from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic along the coast of southern Spain in 1966. David Meare
    Noble 72k Aragón (TA-11). along with Castilla (TA 21), ex-USS Achernar (AKA 53) was the mainstay of the Spanish Navy Amphibious Force until one LSD and three LSTs joined the Fleet in the early 70s. © Camil Busquets
    Noble 265k Aragón (TA-11). at Santander, Spain, early 1970.
    Chris Howell owed negative.
    Chris Howell, SOUTHLAND SHIP STORES LIMITED, Port of BLUFF, NEW ZEALAND
    Noble 76k Aragón (TA-11) berthed at Cadiz, Spain, September 1968. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Noble 38k Aragón (TA-11) underway, circa 1968, location unknown. Official Spanish Navy photo. Robert Hurst
    Noble/Achernar 21k Aragón (TA-11) and Castilla (TA-21) at the end of their service moored at Arsenal De La Carraca, Cadiz, Spain, awaiting disposal, September 1981. Photo by Ignacio Lopez
    ex member Armada Espanola
    Noble 119k Aragón (TA-11) at Cartagena Naval Base, July 1984, awaiting scrapping Photo by Ignacio Lopez
    ex member Armada Espanola
    USS Noble (APA-218) Additional Ships Patches
    Noble
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Noble
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    USS Noble (APA-218) Memorabilia
    Noble
    Welcome Aboard (1960)
    Contributed by Chet Morris
    Noble
    Transfer Ceremony pamphlet
    Contributed by Jose Angel Balonga Valverde

    USS Noble (APA-218)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Isquith, Solomon Silas :RADM27 November 1944 - ?
    03CDR. Cunningham Jr., Carl Robert, USN15 June 1947 - 5 October 1948
    04LT. Parzych, Henry Myron USN5 October 1948 - June 1950
    05CAPT. Flaherty, Michael Francis Donald :RADMJune 1950 - October 1951
    06CAPT. Howard, James Hampden ;RADMOctober 1951 - 1952
    07CAPT. Rivero Jr., Horacio (Rivets) :ADM1952 - 1953
    08CAPT. Rutter, Royal Lawrence1953 - 1954
    09CAPT. Howe, Charles Melvin1954 - 1955
    10CAPT. Kintberger, Leon Samuel :RADM1955 - ?
    12CAPT. Oseth, John MarcusOctober 1957 - July 1958
    13CAPT. Wideman, William BomarJuly 1958 - ?
    17CAPT. Hall Jr., Harvey Wright1963 - 1 July 1964
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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