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USS Rawlins (APA-226)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, 10 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull MCV 672) at Kaiser Company Inc. Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 21 October 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission 10 November 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Rawlins (APA-226), 11 November 1944, CDR. Charles Sprague Beightler in command
  • During World War II USS Rawlins was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Graf USN (15);
    TransDiv Fifty-Eight and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Rawlins was assigned to Occupation service from 2 to 15 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 15 November 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group
  • Permanant Transfer to the Maritime Administration, 21 September 1958
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 15 November 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Struck From the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 October 1987
  • USS Rawlins earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 19 kts.
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    86 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWTs
    non-refrigerated 150,000 cul ft.
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    one single 5"/38 dual-purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers
    single propeller
    Design shaft horsepower 8,500

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    Rawlins 69k USS Rawlins (APA-226) in San Francisco Bay, in late 1945 or early 1946. She is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet.".
    US Navy photo # NH 98744 donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003 to the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rawlins 66k USS Rawlins (APA-226) at anchor, circa 1945, place unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 98744 courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Rawlins (APA-226)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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