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USS Oneida (APA-221)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Romeo - Bravo
NPRB
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, 30 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 569) at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Oneida (APA-221), 4 December 1944, CAPT. Arthur C. Geisenhoff USN (16) in command
  • During World War II USS Oneida was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO A.S. Witherspoon;
    TransDiv Sixty-Eight, CAPT. C.R. Crutcher USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 to 28 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Oneida 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 24 September 194530 October to 21 November1945
    25 to 29 October 1945 
    24 January to 1 February 1946 
    18 April to 3 May 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 27 December 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Long Beach Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 8 October 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold, 8 May 1975, to General Metals of Tacoma, Inc., for non-transportation use (probably for scrapping), Delivered 9 July 1975
  • USS Oneida earned one battle star for services in World War II
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 17.7 kts. (Trial speed)
    Complement
    56 Officers
    593 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    87 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWTs
    non-refrigerated 150,000 cul ft.
    Boats
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual-purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NFSO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    three Ships' Service Generators 300Kw 120/240V D.C.
    single propeller, design shaft horsepower 8,500

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    Oneida 49k USS Oneida (APA-221), date and location unknown. Rick Dahlen for his father
    A. James Heller USS Oneida
    Oneida 87k USS Oneida (APA-221) Commanding Officer Capt. A.C. Geisenhoff USN during ceremonies celebrating the "Mighty O" crossing the Equator at 1120 30 September 1945. Rick Dahlen for his father
    A. James Heller USS Oneida
    Oneida 65k USS Oneida (APA-221) junior officers, Keith, Hanna, LaGrange, and Good, date and place unknown. Rick Dahlen for his father
    A. James Heller USS Oneida
    Oneida 56k USS Oneida (APA-221) junior officers, Ensigns Lee, Smith, Hanna, Crowley, Good, Keith, and Gould, date and place unknown. Rick Dahlen for his father
    A. James Heller USS Oneida
    Oneida 260k USS Oneida (APA-221) officers roster. Rick Dahlen for his father
    A. James Heller USS Oneida
    Oneida 260k USS Oneida (APA-221) approaching the station tanker USS Signal (IX-142) for refueling at Ulithi during one of three periods that Oneida was in the anchorage, 23 February to 30 March, 12 to 23 May or 5 to 18 August 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, Photo # 80-G-408151 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Oneida 111k USS Oneida (APA-221) embarking Japanese POW's at Okinawa for transport to Pearl Harbor, 24 June 1945 Rick Dahlen for his father
    A. James Heller crew member
    Oneida 67k USS Oneida (APA-221) with Japanese POWs on deck during voyage from Okinawa to Pearl Harbor, circa June 1945 Rick Dahlen for his father
    A. James Heller USS Oneida
    Oneida 118k USS Oneida (APA-221) moored at Pearl Harbor, disembarking Japanese POWs from Okinawa, 13 July 1945 Rick Dahlen for his father
    A. James Heller USS Oneida
    Oneida 137k
    Oneida 171k USS Oneida (APA-221) Port Log. Prepared in the ship's office enroute to the US from Manila. Oneida actually returned to San Pedro, CA. vice San Francisco. The ship was rerouted to San Pedro as San Francisco was overcrowded with returnees at the time of Oneida's planned arrival. Rick Dahlen for his father
    A. James Heller USS Oneida

    USS Oneida (APA-221)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Geisenhoff, Arthur Cooper USN (16)4 December 1944 - 1946
    02CAPT. Callaghan, Joseph Anthony1946 - 27 December 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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