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USS Rockwall (APA-230)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Sierra - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 9 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 676) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Vancouver, WA.
Launched, 5 November 1944
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission under loan-charter and Commissioned USS Rockwall (APA-230), 14 January 1945, at Astoria OR., CAPT. Charles W. Roland USN (21)in command
During World War II USS Rockwall 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:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 to 11 June 1945
Following World War II USS Rockwall was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|12 September to 12 December 1945||12 September to 12 December 1945
USS Rockwall (APA-230) 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, 15 March 1947, for lay up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Recommissioned, 3 March 1951, at San Francisco, CA.
USS Rockwall was also assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 20 January to 17 May 1954
Decommissioned, 28 September 1955, for lay up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1958
USS Rockwall earned one battle star for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 23 June 1959, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 August 1983, to Waterman Steamship Corp., resold to Balbao Desquaces Maritimos, S.A., Spain. Removed, 18 November 1983, Scrapping completed, 4 May 1984
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWTs
non-refrigerated 150,000 cu ft.
one open LCPL
one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
one single 5"/38 cal dual-purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
one quad 40mm AA gun mount
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7780 Bbls
Diesel 970 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
three turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
one propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Rockwall (APA-230) departing San Francisco Bay in 1945.
||Photo by Howard Herzog
||USS Rockwall (APA-230) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||USS Rockwall (APA-230) anchored at Asinara, Sardinia in 1956.
||USS Rockwall (APA-230) at anchor, 24 April 1954, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 86823-A. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1981.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||Ex-USS Rockwall (APA-230) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., date unknown.
USS Rockwall (APA-230)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Roland, Charles William USN (USNA 1921-B)||14 January 1945 - 30 July 1945|
|02||CAPT. Biesemeier, Harold, USN (USNA 1918)||30 July 1945 - ?|
| ||Decommissioned||15 March 1947 - 3 March 1951|
|03||CAPT. Taylor, Arthur Howard, USN (USNA 1927)||3 March 1951 - August 1952|
|04||CAPT. Gentry, Kenneth McLoud, USN (USNA 1930)||August 1952 - November 1953|
|05||CAPT. Grantham Jr., Elonzo Bowden, USN||November 1953 - November 1954|
|06||CAPT. Simons Jr., Manley Hale, USN (USNA 1930) :RADM||November 1954 - 28 September 1955|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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