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USS San Saba (APA-232)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Sierra - Romeo
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, 29 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV 678) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp. Vancouver WA.
  • Launched 12 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission under loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS San Saba (APA-232), 3 December 1944, CAPT. Elmer E. Berthold USN (24) in command
  • During World War II USS San Saba was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J. R. Palmer USN (13);
    TransDiv Sixty-One (flagship);
  • Following World War II USS San Saba 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 21 September 19454 to 9 June 1946
    27 November to 1 December 1945 
    14 to 17 April 1946 
    11 to 20 June 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 17 December 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 October 1958 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA,
  • Final Disposition, sold, 8 May 1975, to Zidell Explorations Inc. (non-transportation use), scrapping, 8 May 1975, delivered, 19 May 1975
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 12,450 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62' Draft 24'
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    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.
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    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
    one Joshua Hendy geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Joshua Hendy Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    San Saba 81k USS San Saba (APA-232) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Russ Padden
    San Saba 130k USS San Saba (APA-232) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Russ Padden

    San Saba (APA-232)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Berthold, Elmer Edward3 December 1944 - 17 December 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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