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USS Okanogan (LPA-220)
USS Okanogan (APA-220) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Quebec - Whiskey

JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Keybrook Bravo
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (6) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Taiwan Straits, 2-Quemoy-Matsu, 4-Vietnam, 1-Cuba) - Vietnam Service Medal (5)
Fourth Row - Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 10 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 568), at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 26 October 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter and Commissioned USS Okanogan (APA-220), 3 December 1944, CDR. Frederick Fender, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Okanogan was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Nineteen, COMO. C.D. Edgar USN (12);
    TransDiv Fifty-Seven, CAPT. G.F. Galpin USN (21) and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 to 22 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    25 to 26 September 194511 to 16 May 1951
    21 to 31 October 1945 

  • During the Korean War USS Okanogan participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    27 September 1950
    8 October to 2 November3 1950
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    29 April to 6 May 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 to 15 November 1950
    4 December 1950 to 13 January 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    20 to 22 April 1952
    First UN Counter Offensive
    11 February to 7 March 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    17 to 18 October 1952

  • During the Vietnam War USS Okanogan participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    4 to 8 July 1965
    16 August to 15 October 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase V
    14 July to 3 September 1968
    24 September to 4 October 1968
    20 to 25 October 1968
    30 October to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase II
    1 to 3 July 1966
    29 November to 4 December 1966
    17 December 1966 to 3 February 1967
    15 February to 18 March 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase VI
    2 to 7 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase IV
    13 to 20 june 1968

  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-220), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 5 February 1970, at San Diego, CA.
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 20 April 1971 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Benicia, CA.
  • Title transferred to MARAD, 7 January 1972
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD for scrapping, 2 October 1979, under the Trade-In Exchange program, to Nissho-Iwai American Corp.
    According to a Naval Message [dated 3 Oct 1979] from MARAD (Director of Office of Ship Operations) to CNO: OKANOGAN, along with LOGAN, ROCKINGHAM, and BRONX, "were exchanged on 2 Oct 1979 (pursuant to Section 510(I) Merchant Marine Act of 1936 as amended, for SS SANTA RITA. Exchange agreement concluded with United States Steamship Company and immediately resold to Nissho-Iwai for scrapping in either Taiwan or South Korea." Removed 19 November 1979
    USS Okanogan earned one battle star for World War II service, six battle stars for Korean War service and five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (limit)
    Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
    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
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Okanogan 232k USS Okanogan (APA-220) moored pierside at San Diego, CA. August 1950. Photo by Dr. Bill Kuzman
    Okanogan 231k USS Okanogan (APA-220) moored pierside at San Diego, CA. in 1950 while loading 1st Marines. Photo by Dr. Bill Kuzman
    Okanogan 77k USS Okanogan (APA-220) moored pierside in South Korea in 1952 Photo by Bob Gifford
    Okanogan 84k USS Okanogan (APA-220) moored pierside at Otaru, Japan in October 1952. Photo by Bob Gifford
    Okanogan 231k USS Okanogan (APA-220) underway in the Western Pacific, circa 1958. John Trolinger
    Okanogan 395k USS Okanogan (APA-220) LCVP-24 landing a liberty party on the Magnolia Street Landing, Long Beach, CA. in 1960. Photo by Frank Jablonski
    Okanogan 161k USS Okanogan (APA-220) moored pierside at Subic Bay Naval Station, Luzon, Philippines in 1960. Photo by Frank Jablonski
    Okanogan 148k USS Okanogan (APA-220) moored pierside at Saigon, South Vietnam in June 1960. Photo by Bill Venn RD2
    Okanogan 467k USS Okanogan (APA-220) transported Vietnamese art treasure to the United States in mid-1960.
    Photos by BM2 Eugene Watters - Ships Photographer.
    Newspaper Article - "Vietnam Art Objects Buffeted By Typhoon En route to U. S.
    Saigon - A priceless collection of Vietnam art treasures dating back more than 2,000 years, was buffeted by a typhoon in the South China Sea on its way to the United States aboard a U. S. Navy transport, USS OKANOGAN (APA 220) but apparently escaped harm, according to an AP dispatch from Washington. Mr. Nghiem Tham, chief of the Vietnam Institute for Historical Research, section of Archeology, disclosed this on July 28, following his arrival in Washington to prepare for a fall showing of the art objects at the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Tham said more than 700 individual items are being shipped in bonded trucks from California to Washington where they will be inspected this week by Thomas Beggs, director of the Smithsonian’s National Collection of Fine Arts. U. S. Customs inspectors also will be on hand for the unloading operation. He said the most valuable single object is a gold medallion unearthed in the ancient Vietnam trading center of Oc Eo, discovered under a flooded rice field near Saigon. The medallion carries the image of Roman Emperor Antoninus who ruled in the second century A.D. The collection also includes a famous bronze Buddha from Dong Duong, dating back to the 4th century A.D., ceramics, ivory and stone carvings, lacquer work, silver and precious stones, jewelry and elaborate group of seven tone musical instruments. Two other Vietnamese collections, one from the Belgian Museum in Brussels, and the other from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archeology are also being sent to Washington for the show. After Washington, the exhibit, to open on October 26, will move to other museums throughout the United States, including Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Cleveland, and Portland.
    Frank Jablonski
    Okanogan 90k USS Okanogan (APA-220) underway off San Diego, CA., 3 November 1961. Frank Jablonski
    Okanogan 84k USS Okanogan (APA-220) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Okanogan 401k USS Okanogan (APA-220) underway in the harbor at Long Beach, CA., in October 1960. CWO3 John Trolinger (RD2( USS Okanogan)
    Okanogan 147k USS Okanogan (APA-220) transferring cargo to US Army LCU-1585 during Amphibious Exercise in the Philippines in 1962. CWO3 John Trolinger (RD2) USS Okanogan)
    Okanogan 211k USS Okanogan (APA-220) loading Marines and equipment of 31th Marine Expeditionary Unit, White Beach, Buckner Bay, Okinawa, 15 February 1962. CWO3 John Trolinger (RD2) USS Okanogan)
    Okanogan 144k USS Okanogan (APA-220) east bound in the Panama Canal during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 5 November 1962 CWO3 John Trolinger (RD2) USS Okanogan)
    Okanogan 225k
    Okanogan 431k USS Okanogan (APA-220) moored pierside at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 12 June 1966. The ship was transporting the 7th Comm Battalion to Chu Lai, South Vietnam. USS Okanogan Association
    Okanogan 224k USS Okanogan (APA-220) moored at the Newport Docks, Saigon, South Vietnam in 1968. USS Okanogan Association
    Okanogan 42k USS Okanogan (APA-220) surrounded by a screen of PBRs while delivering 1500 Royal Thai troops to Saigon, August 1968 Frank Jablonski, USS Okanogan Association
    Okanogan 133k USS Okanogan (APA-220) anchored at Vung Tau, South Vietnam while serving as station ship, August to September 1968 Frank Jablonski, USS Okanogan Association
    Okanogan 311k Undated photo of USS Okanogan (APA-220)'s covered LCPL. CWO3 John Trolinger (RD2) USS Okanogan)
    Okanogan 33k USS Okanogan (APA-220) plaque at the US Navy Memorial, Washington, D.C. Frank Jablonski, USS Okanogan Association
    Okanogan 105k USS Okanogan (APA-220) plaque at the Nimitz Museum, Fredricksburg, TX. Frank Jablonski, USS Okanogan Association

    USS Okanogan - Cargo Handling and Boat Operations WESTPAC 1960
    Photos by BM2 Eugene Watters - Ships Photographer
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    For more photos and information about USS Okanogan, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • The Okanogan Association
  • Commanding Officers

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

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