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USS Pitt (LPA-223)
USS Pitt (APA-223) (1944 - 1968)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Romeo - Hotel
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 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 571), at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond CA.
  • Launched, 10 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Pitt (APA-223), 11 December 1944, CAPT. Walter Scott Mayer Jr. USN (25) in command
  • During WWII USS Pitt was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Thirteen, COMO. M.O. Carlson USN (16);
    TransDiv Thirty-Nine, CAPT. G.E. Maynard and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 12 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    15 to 29 September 194529 June to 2 July 1946
    3 to 11 January 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 9 April 1947
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 9 April 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
  • USS Pitt earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-223), 14 August 1968
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 February 1980, (MARAD trade-in exchange program), to Carrol Shipping and Trading Co., Monrovia, Liberia, via A. L. Burbank & Co. Ltd., for $957.174.74. Removed 14 April 1980. Dismantled by Kang Hiva Enterprises, Ltd. Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 87
    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
    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
    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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    Pitt 38k USS Pitt (APA-223), returning from the Pacific, preparing to dock at San Francisco, CA., circa early July - late August 1946. David W. Dorsey, Sr.

    USS Pitt (APA / LPA-223)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Mayer Jr., Walter Scott, USN (USNA 1925) :RADM11 December 1944 - 9 April 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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