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Contributed by Michael Guerin in memory of my father, Daniel Guerin USS Rockingham
USS Rockingham (LPA-229)
USS Rockingham (APA-229) (1944 - 1969)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Sierra - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon- 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, 11 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 675) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp. Vancouver WA.
Launched, 1 November 1944
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
Commissioned USS Rockingham (APA-229), 11 November 1944, at Astoria OR. CDR. Hans Hanley, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Rockingham was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Graf USN (15);
TransDiv Sixty, CAPT. A. T. Moen USN (18) and participated in the following campaign;
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 April to 5 May 1945
Following World War II USS Rockingham was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 3 to 16 October 1945
USS Rockingham (APA-229) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.3.1 Transportation Group (Transportation Division (TRANSDIV 31) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 17 March 1947 at San Francisco CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group
Transferred to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, 18 June 1953
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
USS Rockingham earned one battle star for World War II service
Custody returned to the Maritime Administration, 26 September 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria OR
Reassigned, 29 August 1967, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-229), 1 January 1969
Final Disposition, disposed of by MARAD, sold, 2 October 1979, as trade-in for SS Santa Rita. Scrapped by Don Kur Steel Corp, South Korea. Removed 19 November 1979
Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 14,837 t (fl)
Draft 24' (lim)
Speed 17.7 kts. (Trial speed)
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWTs
non-refrigerated 150,000 cul ft.
one open LCPL
one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
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
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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||USS Rockingham (APA-229) at Pearl Harbor, circa 1945.
||Michael Guerin for his father Daniel Guerin, Upland CA.
||USS Rockingham (APA-229) underway, probably at or soon after the end of World War II, date and location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 43521
||USS Rockingham (APA-229) at Mare Island on May 7, 1946. Stern of the cruiser USS Vincennes (CL-64) is in the background.
US Navy photo File name: APA 229 1745-46, Navy Photo, 5/7/46 from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and History Museum
USS Rockingham (APA-229)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Hanley, Hans, USNR||11 November 1944 - 17 March 1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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