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USS Rawlins (APA-226)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Romeo - Romeo
NPRR
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, USN (20), 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, 31 August 1987, to An-Hsiung Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for $543.064.42. Removed 16 October 1987. Scrapping completed, 16 February 1988.
  • USS Rawlins earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 19 kts.
    Complement
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    86 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    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
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    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
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Beightler, Charles Sprague, USN (20)11 November 1944 - 1 April 1946
    02CAPT. Anderson, Edward Joseph, USNR1 April 1946 - 30 May 1946
    03CAPT. Fitzgerald, Justin Stephen, USN (23)30 May 1946 - 10 August 1946
    04LCDR. Sable, Donald Allen, USN10 August 1946 - 15 November 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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