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Saint Croix (APA-231)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Sierra - Juliet
NPSJ
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 194511 to 17October 1945
     2 to 14 November 1945

  • 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, 17 December 1979, to representatives of Apolina Ltd.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 12,450 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62' Draft 24'
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 87
    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
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Saint Croix 58k USS Saint Croix (APA-231) at anchor, date and location unknown. CAPT Jerry Mason, USN
    Saint Croix 67k 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
    Saint Croix 55k 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
    Saint Croix 71k 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)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Speight, Edmond Pryor1 December 1944 - December 1945
    03CAPT. Carroll, Chester Edward (Blackie) :RADM23 March 1946 - 7 April 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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