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USS Saint Croix (LPA-231)
USS Saint Croix (APA-231) (1944 - 1969)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Sierra - Juliet
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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 25 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 677) at Kaiser Company Inc., Vancouver WA.
Launched, 9 November 1944
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission under loan-charter
Commissioned USS Saint Croix (APA-231), 1 December 1944, CAPT. Edmond P. Speight USN (20) in command
During World War II USS Saint Croix was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S. P. Jenkins;
TransDiv Sixty-Six, CAPT. W. G. Ludlow Jr. USN (17)
Following World War II USS Saint Croix was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|13 to 19 September 1945||11 to 17October 1945
| ||2 to 14 November 1945
USS Saint Croix (APA-231) 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, 7 April 1947
Transferred, 7 April 1947, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-231), 1 January 1969
Custody returned to the Maritime Administration, 15 November 1979
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 November 1979, to Apolnia, Ltd. Hong Kong. Removed, 17 December 1979. Scrapped by Keun Hwa Iron and Steel Works, Ltd., Kaohsiun, Taiwan
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 12,450 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts.
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
NSFO 7,780 Bbls
Diesel 970 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared turbine
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Saint Croix (APA-231) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||CAPT Jerry Mason, USN
||USS Saint Croix (APA-231) in San Francisco Bay, in late 1945 or early 1946.
US Navy photo # NH 98746 donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003 to the US Naval Historical Center.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS Saint Croix (APA-231) underway in San Francisco Bay passing under the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, December 1945.
||Photo by LTjg. Gordon Engle USS Chiwawa, submitted by Jon Strupp
||USS Saint Croix (APA-231) underway, circa 1946, location unknown.
US Navy photo # NH 99011 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
|US Naval Historical Center
USS Saint Croix (APA/LPA-231)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Speight, Edmond Pryor, USN (USNA 1920)||1 December 1944 - 1 December 1945|
|02||LT. Bohm, Richard Otto, USNR||1 December 1945 - 25 March 1946|
|03||CAPT. Carroll, Chester Edward (Blackie), USN (USNA 1924) :RADM||25 March 1946 - 7 April 1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
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