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USS Rockwall (APA-230)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Sierra - Hotel
NPSH
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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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 194512 September to 12 December 1945

  • 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
  • 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
  • USS Rockwall earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 86
    Enlisted 1,475
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    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 cal 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 7780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Rockwall 60k USS Rockwall (APA-230) departing San Francisco Bay in 1945. Photo by Howard Herzog
    Rockwall 30k USS Rockwall (APA-230) at anchor, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Rockwall 19k USS Rockwall (APA-230) anchored at Asinara, Sardinia in 1956. Larry Bohn
    Rockwall 64k Ex-USS Rockwall (APA-230) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., date unknown. Maritime Administration

    USS Rockwall (APA-230)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Roland, Charles William USN14 January 1945 - 30 July 1945
    02CAPT. Biesemeier, Harold30 July 1945 - ?
     Decommissioned15 March 1947 - 3 March 1951
    03CAPT. Taylor, Arthur Howard3 March 1951 - August 1952
    04CAPT. Gentry, Kenneth McLoudAugust 1952 - November 1953
    05CAPT. Simons Jr., Manley HaleNovember 1954 - 28 September 1955
    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
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
    Rockwall County "Herald-Banner" article Our lady on the high seas
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