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USS Okaloosa (APA-219)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Quebec - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 8 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 567), at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond CA.
Launched, 22 October 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
Commissioned USS Okaloosa (APA-219), 28 November 1944, Capt. Robert Edward Jasperson USN (21) in command
During World War II USS Okaloosa was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Nineteen, COMO C.D. Edgar USN (12);
TransDiv Fifty-Six, CAPT. G.F. Galpin USN (21) and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 30 April 1945
Following World War II USS Okaloosa was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|3 September to 1 December 1945||3 September to 1 December 1945
Decommissioned, 21 July 1949 at Orange, TX.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange Group
Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 23 September 1955
Permanent custody assumed by MARAD, 26 September 1958, transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL. Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
USS Okaloosa (APA-219) earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 October 1971, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., delivered 30 May 1972
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
Draft 24' (lim)
Speed 17.7 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft.
one open LCPL
one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
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
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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||USS Okaloosa (APA-219) under way, circa 1946.
US Navy photo by William H Davies.
|Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret
||USS Okaloosa (APA-219) dressed with flags while moored to a buoy, circa the later 1940s.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 68349. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.
||US Naval History and Heritage Command
USS Okaloosa (APA-219)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Jasperson, Robert Edward||28 November 1944 - 27 September 1945|
|02||CAPT. Bains, George Washington||27 September 1945 - 19 January 1947|
|03||CDR. Beyer Jr., Aaron Frederick, USN (1935)||19 January 1947 - 10 August 1947|
|04||CDR. Catlett Jr., William Jackson, USN (1932)||10 August 1947 - 19 May 1948|
|05||CDR. Darroch, James William, USN||19 May 1948 - 21 July 1949|
|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
Okaloosa (APA-219) at Amphibious Forces WW II web site
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 3 March 2017
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|