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Contributed by Tom Gonzalez USS Rockbridge 1961-64

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Rockbridge (APA-228)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Okinawa) - China Service Medal (extended) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4-Lebanon)

Haskell Class Amphibious Transport:
  • Laid down, 2 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 674), at Kaiser Shipbuilding Co. Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 28 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and commissioned USS Rockbridge (APA-228) 18 November 1944, CAPT. William W. Cone USN (21) in command
  • During World War II USS Rockbridge (APA-228) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty, COMO. H.W. Grap USN (15);
    TransDiv (Flagship), CAPT. J.K. Davis and participated in the following campaign:

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

  • Following World War II USS Rockbridge (APA-228) was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 September to 7 October 194513 to 20 November1945
    4 May to 17 October 1955 

  • Decommissioned, 8 March 1947
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 23 December 1950
  • USS Rockbridge (APA-228) was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 4 May to 17 October 1955
  • Decommissioned, 29 November 1968
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1968 and returned to the Maritime Administration for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 May 1969 to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore MD.
  • USS Rockbridge (APA-228) earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 17.7 kts. (Trial speed)
    56 Officers
    593 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    87 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWTs
    non-refrigerated 150,000 cu.l ft.
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    one single 5"/38 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 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    Double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    three Ships' Service Generators 300Kw 120/240V D.C.
    single propeller, design shaft horsepower 8,500

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    Rockbridge 149k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Rockbridge 29k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) underway, date and location unknown. Rockbridge (APA-228)
    Web Site
    Rockbridge 517k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) moored pierside, Savannah, GA. 1952 Steve Anderson
    Rockbridge 566k
    Rockbridge 194k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Rockbridge 103k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tom Gonzalez USS Rockbridge
    Rockbridge 72k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Everett M. Ellestad USNR
    Rockbridge 60k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1958
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Rockbridge 126k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) at anchor during amphibious exercises, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1960
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Rockbridge 73k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) Plan of the Day, 23 October 1962, in port Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The day after President Kennedy made his Cuban Missile Crisis speak to the Nation. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Rockbridge 85k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) underway while enroute to Norfolk, VA. for Radar Antenna repair or replacement, circa early-1963. Tom Gonzalez USS Rockbridge
    Rockbridge 344k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) underway with the aid of a tug, circa second half of 1963, location unknown. Tom Gonzalez USS Rockbridge
    Rockbridge 70k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) underway in either the Atlantic Ocean or Mediterranean Sea in 1964 conducting either a high line transfer or a replenishment at sea with USS Capricornus (AKA-57). Photo by Rich Kerbs USS Capricornus
    Rockbridge 94k
    Rockbridge 94k
    Rockbridge 91k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) underway in 1965, location unknown.
    Photo from 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships" , courtesy Dr. Giorgio Arra.
    Robert Hurst
    Rockbridge 234k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) loading Marines at Morehead City, N. C. for Guantanemo Bay, Cuba in May 1967 Thomas Livingston
    Rockbridge 94k USS Rockbridge (APA-228) 28 June 1967 Change of Command Program. Ron Reeves

    USS Rockbridge (APA-228
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Cone, William Wheatley18 November 1944 - 12 July 1945
    02CDR. Huggins, William B.12 July 1945 - 2 March 1946
    03CAPT. Truesdell, William H.2 March 1946 - 11 October 1946
    04CDR. Folger, Edward C.11 October 1946 - 11 March 1947
    05LCDR. Pahr, W. S.1 March 1947 - 8 March 1947
     Decommissioned8 March 1947 - 23 December 1950
    06CAPT. Thaua, H. F. 23 December 1950 - 9 February 1952
    07CAPT. Chamberlin, Leonard Cornelius9 February 1952 - 1 August 1953
    08CAPT. Bass, Raymond Henry (Benny), USN (31) :RADM 8 July 1954 - 8 July 1955
    09CAPT. Lowrance, Vernon Long (Rebel) :VADM8 July 1954 - 29 July 1955
    10CAPT. Collett, James Dahlman29 July 1955 - 23 August 1956
    11CAPT. Smith, John Victor :VADM23 August 1956 - 7 October 1957
    12CAPT. Hauck, Philip Frederick 7 October 1957 - 30 September 1958
    13CAPT. Cheney Jr., Wilbur Haines30 September 1958 - 21 August 1959
    14CAPT. Conrad, Edward Everett21 August 1959 - 5 July 1960
    15CAPT. McCall, Charles Dewitt31 August 1960 - 7 July 1961
    16CAPT. Merritt, Robert Gwathmey7 July 1961 - 17 July 1962
    17CAPT. McClellan, Thomas Rufus :RADM1964 - 1965
    18CAPT. Howe Jr., George Benjamin1965 - 1966
    19CAPT. Kinkaid, John Randall1966 - 28 July 1967
    20CAPT. Willett, Elbert Henry28 July 1967 - 29 November 1968
    99CAPT. Wales, George Herrick :RADMno dates
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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