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USS Sevier (LPA-233)
USS Sevier (APA-233) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Sierra - Tango
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 4 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull MCV 679) at Kaiser Company Inc. Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 16 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission under loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Sevier (APA-233), 5 December 1944, CAPT. William W. Chism USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Sevier was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S. P. Jenkins;
    TransDiv Sixty-Six, CAPT. W. G. Ludlow Jr. USN (17) and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 6 to 16 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 April to 19 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Sevier was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 to 26 September 194528 October 1946 to 23 January 1947
    19 to 24 October 1945 
    28 April to 5 May 1946 
    22 September to 27 October 1946 

  • Decommissioned and returned to the Maritime Commission, 30 April 1947, at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay
  • Struck from the Naval Register 23 June 1947
  • USS Sevier earned two battle stars for her World War II service
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-233), 1 January 1969, while in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by MARAD, 15 February 1980, to Mormac SS. Corp. (under General Agency Agreement ) for Carroll Shipping and Trading Co. Monrovia Liberia. (a four hull sale, APAs 199,222,223 and 233) for $957,174.14, Removed 14 April 1980. Scrapped by Kang Hua Enterprise Co. Ltd, Taiwan completed, 22 July 1980
    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 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu. 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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    Sevier 38k USS Sevier (APA-233) at anchor, Saipan, 27 October 1945 Brenda Lind for her father
    Lawrence H. Lauck WT3/c USS Sevier
    November 1945 to July 1946
    Sevier 82k USS Sevier (APA-233) in San Francisco Bay, in late 1945 or early 1946. She is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."
    US Navy photo # NH 98748 donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003, to the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sevier 86k USS Sevier (APA-233) at anchor, circa 1945, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 99012 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Sevier (APA/LPA-233)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Chism, William. Wilson USNR7 December 1944 - 23 March 1946
    02CAPT. Williams, Ray Dean, USN (USNA 1924)23 March 1946 - 30 April 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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