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USS Renville (LPA-227)
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USS Renville (APA-228) (1944 - 1969)


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




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Service Medal (1-Quemoy/Matsu, 1-Taiwan Straits, 1-Cuba, 1-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (3)
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Haskell Class Amphibious Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 19 August 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 673) at Kaiser Company Inc. Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 25 October 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission under loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Renville (APA-227), 15 November 1944, CAPT. William W. Ball, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Renville (APA-227 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Graf USN (15);
    TransDiv Fifty-Nine, CAPT. J. K. Davis 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

  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1949, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard Vallejo, CA.
  • Recommissioned, 5 January 1952
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • USS Renville was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    11 to 27 September 19458 to 15 August 1946
    12 to 22 August 194615 to 26 May 1947
    25 August to 5 September 19477 to 19 June 1947
     5 to 25 August 1947
     6 September to 29 November 1947
     25 January to 8 February 1949
     5 to 7 March 1953

  • Recommissioned, 5 January 1952
  • During the Korean War USS Renville (APA-227) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Third Korean Winter
    15 December 1952
    4 to 17 January 1953
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 10 June 1953
    13 to 19 July 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Renville (APA-227) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    4 to 12 July 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    24 July to 14 September 1966
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    26 May to 2 June 1966
     

  • Decommissioned, 23 April 1968
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-227), 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by MARAD, 19 February 1982, fate unknown
  • USS Renville received one battle star for World War II service, two for Korean War service, and three campaign stars for Vietnam War 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
    87 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 single5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    10 single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Renville 52k USS Renville (APA-227) underway, date and location unknown. USS Pickaway web site
    Renville 35k USS Renville (APA-227) underway, date and location unknown. Larry Hale FT3 USS Renville March 1955-November 1957
    Renville 62k USS Renville (APA-227) passing through the Panama Canal on her way to the Caribbean in November 1962 in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of that year. Walt Williamson
    Renville 31k USS Renville (APA-227) in the Panama Canal Zone off-loading a few LCVP's before moving out to take up her position on the quarantine line during the Cuban Missile Crisis, circa October-November 1962. Walt Williamson
    Renville 44k USS Renville (APA-227) at anchor off Vieques Island in November 1962. The ship has just launched landing craft with Marines from H-2-7 (CamPen) for a landing on Vieques. The Marines were there as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis the previous month. The landing craft coming into the picture is from USS Washburn (AKA-108). Walt Williamson
    Talladega 69k USS Renville (APA-227) about 100 miles away from Hawaii, while en route to Oahu with other amphibious ships to participate in exercise "Dull Knife" in July 1963. In the foreground is USS Talladega (APA-208), next is Renville (APA-227) in the center and to starboard of Renville is USS Bayfield (APA-33).
    US Navy photo # NH 96820 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Renville 102k USS Renville (APA-227) underway during 1964 WesPac Ops 1-Alpha. Photo taken from USS Winston AKA 94 Photo by James E. Johnson BMC Ret.
    Renville 115k
    Renville 149k USS Renville (APA-227) out bound to sea from San Diego, circa 1964. Photo from 1964 WESTPAC Cruise Book. Roger R. Bradshaw USS Renville
    Renville 73k USS Renville (APA-227) at anchor off the coast of South Vietnam, 1966. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USNR USS Renville
    Renville 85k
    Renville 93k USS Renville (APA-227) at anchor in1966, location unknown. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USNR USS Renville

    USS Renville (APA / LPA-227)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Ball, William Warren, USNR15 November 1944 - 18 March 1946
    02CAPT. McCracken, Alan Reed, USN (22)18 March 1946 - 1947
    03CAPT. Tyree, David Merrill :RADM1947 - 1948
     Decommissioned30 June 1949 - 5 January 1952
    04CAPT. Chapple, Wreford Goss (Moon)5 January 1952 - 1953
    05CAPT. Spring, Arthur Finn :RADMJuly 1954 - August 1955
    06CAPT. Burdick, Robert Stewart, CAPT11 April 1956 - 11 April 1957
    07CAPT. Hale Jr., FletcherOctober 1958 - 25 November 1959
    08CAPT. Lowry, William McCulloch25 November 1959 - November 1960
    09CAPT. Savidge, William LeeNovember 1960 - June 1962
    10CAPT. Lowe, Grady, HowardJune 1962 - July 1963
    11CAPT. Harrold, Clay USNJuly 1963 - 9 May 1964
    12CAPT. Ault, Frank Willis USN9 May 1964 - 21 May 1965
    13CAPT. Wiese Jr., Charles William21 May 1965 - ?
    14CAPT. Holley Sr., Horace Clinton1967 - 23 April 1968
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Renville APA-227
    Photo collection of LT. Richard Dawson, USNR
    Photo collection of QM2 Roger Bradshaw
    1964 WESTPAC Cruise Book (This file will take a long time to load)
    Change of Command Program, 9 May 1964
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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