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USS Pickaway (LPA-222)
USS Pickaway (APA-222) (1944 - 1969)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (6)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (6)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Haskell Class Amphibious Transport:
  • Laid down, 1 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 570) at Permenente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 5 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter and Commissioned USS Pickaway (APA-222), 12 December 1944, CDR. Harry L. Bixby in command
  • During World War II USS Pickaway (APA-222) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO. A.S. Witherspoon;
    TransDiv Sixty-Nine, CAPT. P.R. Glutting USN (16) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 6 to 16 March 1945

  • During the Korean War USS Pickaway (APA-222) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    2 to 3 August 1950
    7 to 12 September 1950
    18 to 25 September 1950
    7 to 29 October 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    5 to 6 December 1951
    17 to 18 December 1951
    23 to 30 December 1951
    3 to 4 February 1952
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 17 September 1950
    Third Korean Winter
    15 December 1952
    13 to 15 February 1953
    13 to 20 March 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    2 to 3 August 1951
    26 to 29 October 1951
    11 November 1951
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 11 June 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Pickaway (APA-222) participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    12 to 27 January 1963
    9 August to 7 November 1964
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    to 3 July 1966
    14 to 30 June 1966
    Vietnam Defense
    4 to 7 July 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    28 to 30 June 1967
    19 to 28 September 1967
    17 to 23 October 1967
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    24 March to 7 April 1966
    21 April to 8 May 1966
    10 to 30 June 1966

  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-222), 1 January 1969
  • Inactivated, 30 January 1970
  • Decommissioned, 29 June 1970, at San Diego, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 26 August 1970 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1976
  • USS Pickaway earned one battle star for World War II service, six battle stars for Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 February 1980, withdrawn from reserve, 26 March 1980, and delivered to A. L. Burbank & Co.(MARAD Trade-in and Exchange Program), Moore McCormack sold vessels with MARAD approval to Carol Shipping and Trading Co., Liberian Corp. for scrapping. Carol Shipping resold the ship Kang Hua Enterprise Co, Taiwan for scrapping in Taiwan.
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    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 DWTs
    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
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,800 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared steam turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    248k United States Marines/U.S. Army troops based in Japan, waiting to board USS Pickaway (APA-222), for transportation, probably, to Pusan South Korea. The ship in the background is an unidentified LSD.
    U.A. National Archives Identifier: 74247098
    Robert Hurst
    235k USS Pickaway (APA-222) arriving at Pusan, South Korea, 2 August 1950, with 1st Marine Division reinforcements. Photo taken from the stern of USS George Clymer (APA-27)
    US National Archives Identifier 74242744 (Photo # 127-gr-10-73-A1251_001-ac).
    David Upton
    Pickaway 232k USS Pickaway (APA-222) change of command. CAPT. Augustus R. St Angelo (Left) relieved CAPT. Samuel H. Crittenden, Jr. at Mare Island, 6 January 6 1951.
    File name: APA 222 7933-1-51, US Navy Photo, 1/6/51 from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum collection.
    Darryl Baker
    Pickaway 126k Stern view of USS Pickaway (APA-222) while at anchor in San Diego Bay, CA., circa 1952. Don Garner
    Pickaway 44k USS Pickaway (APA-222) under way, circa 1953, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Pickaway 111k USS Pickaway (APA-222) moored pierside at Naval Station Subic Bay, Philippine Islands circa December 1962. Pickaway had transported a battalion of Marines to the Philippines for jungle warfare training. R.P. Richard USMC 1960-64.
    Pickaway 147k
    368k U.S. Marines disembark into USS Pickaway (APA-222) landing craft and reassemble for an assault on White Beach. Camp Pendleton, CA., during Exercise "Pine Tree", 26 May 1964.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # L45-228.05.01
    Robert Hurst
    George Clymer 62k USS Pickaway (APA-222) center and USS George Clymer (APA-27) (right) at anchor off the Hawaiian Islands, 1964. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USS Renville.
    Pickaway 133k USS Pickaway (APA-222) under way in the Pearl Harbor channel, 28 April 1964.
    US Navy photo # KN-9116 courtesy
    Mike Green
    Pickaway 69k USS Pickaway (APA-222) at Subic Bay PI, April 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Pickaway 27k USS Pickaway (APA-222) under way, date and location unknown. USS Pickaway
    web site
    Pickaway 68k USS Pickaway (APA-222) at Manila, P.I., date unknown. USS Pickaway
    web site
    Pickaway 48k USS Pickaway (APA-222) under way, date and location unknown. Tom Crew
    Pickaway 99k USS Pickaway (APA-222) outbound to sea from San Diego, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pickaway 20k USS Pickaway (APA-222) under way date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pickaway 218k USS Pickaway (APA-222) plaque Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Pickaway (APA-222 / LPA-222)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bixby, Harry Llewellyn, USN (USNA 1921-B) 12 December 1944 - 21 February 1946
    02CAPT. McMurtrey, Thomas Bradford, USN (USNA 1925)21 February 1946 - 27 July 1947
    03CAPT. McKinney, Joseph Dwight, USN (USNA 1927)January 1949 - March 1950
    04CAPT. Crittenden Jr., Samuel Hallett USN (USNA 1927) :RADM1950 - 6 January 1951
    05CAPT. St. Angelo, Augustus Robert, USN (USNA 1929)6 January 1951 - ?
    06CAPT. Robbins Jr., Berton Aldrich, USN (USNA 1931) :RADM1953 - 1953
    07CAPT. Roeder, Bernard Franklin, USN (USNA 1931) :VADM 1955 - 19 January 1956
    08CAPT. Ingels, Albert Clayton, USN (USNA 1933)19 January 1956 - 14 February 1957
    09CAPT. Hess, Franklin Grant, USN (USNA 1935)14 February 1957 - 26 October 1957
    10CAPT. Carlson, Albert Leonard, USN (USNA 1935)26 October 1957 - 20 September 1958
    11CAPT. Wesson, Joseph Hawes, USN20 September 1958 - 2 October 1959
    12CAPT. Ross, James Grant, USN (USNA 1937)2 October 1959 - 4 November1960
    13CAPT. Nace, Charles Derick, USN (USNA 1939) :RADM4 November 1960 - 29 August 1961
    14CAPT. Leon, Strauss Samuel, USN29 August 1961 - 16 October 1962
    15CAPT. Thro, John Baptiste, USN (USNA 1941)16 October 1962 - 8 November 1963
    16CAPT. Robie, William Alexander, USN (USNA 1942)8 November 1963 - 28 December 1964
    17CAPT. Prigmore, William Bible, USN (USNA 1944)26 December 1964 - 15 January 1966
    18CAPT. Holder, Billy Douglas, USN (NAVCAD) :RADM15 January 1966 - 14 January 1967
    19CAPT. McDougal, Clifford Alexander, USN14 January 1967 - 12 January 1968
    20CAPT. Kelly Jr., Merrill Elmer USN (USNA 1945)12 January 1968 - 19 June 1969
    21CAPT. Forgy, William James, USN19 June 1969 - 4 December 1969
    22CAPT. Murphy, Francis Joseph, USN4 December 1969 - May 1970 (Inactivated 30 January 1970)
    23CDR. Gallo, Michael John, USNMay 1970 - 25 June 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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