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USS Bexar (LPA-237)
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USS Bexar (APA-237) (1945 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Tango - Hotel
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended - Tachin Islands evacuation)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (3) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Congo, 1-Cuba, 7-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (5)
Fourth Row - Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (4)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 2 June 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 861) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 25 July 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission under loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Bexar (APA-237), 9 October 1945, CAPT Richard H. Wilcox, USNR in command
  • USS Bexar was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    5 January to 14 February 194828 August to 8 September 1951
     6 to 14 February 1955

  • During the Korean War USS Bexar (APA-237) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    20 September to 2 November 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    5 to 6 December 1951
    27 to 30 December 1951
    10 to 11 January 1952
    22 to 23 January 1952
    Communist China Aggression
    3 November 1950 to 1 January 1951
     

  • During the Vietnam War USS Bexar (APA-237) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    17 February to 13 March 1966
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    21 April to 3 May 1968
    29 May to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    26 August to 1 September 1966
    10 September to 28 October 1966
    6 November to 19 December 1966
    6 to 14 January 1967
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 18 August 1968
    14 to 22 September 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    27 February to 2 March 1968
     

  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport LPA-237, 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 15 December 1969
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 7 August 1970, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 February 1982, to Trans Marine Navigation Corp, recorded as C. W. Enterprises & Investment Inc. Removed, 16 June 1982, Scrapped in Taiwan
  • USS Bexar earned three battle stars for Korean War service and five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Draft 24'
    Complement
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    86 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    Largest boom capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity, 2,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu. ft.
    Boats
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Joshua-Hendy geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 365psi 750°
    double Joshua-Hendy Main Reductions Gears
    three 300Kw 120/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, design shaft horsepower 8,500shp

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    Bexar 53k USS Bexar (APA-237), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Bexar
    APA 237 1905-46
    476k After topside view of USS Bexar (APA-237) at Mare Island. May 17 1946. Conning tower areas of USS LSM-168, USS LSM-172, USS LSM-222, USS LSM-251 and USS LSM-275 along with Tamalpais (YHB-21) and Port of Stockton (YHB-2) are visible to the right.
    US Navy photos File name: APA 237 1905-46, Navy Photo, 5/17/46 from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and History Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Bexar
    APA 237 1905-46
    374k
    Bexar 75k A USS Bexar (APA-237), LCVP is stranded in the right background as LCMs unload on the Kalmo Pando beaches, at Wonsan, North Korea, with LVTs standing by to assist, 26 October 1950. Several LSTs are beached beyond that.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-421315, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Scott at LBS Products
    Bexar 965k USS Bexar (APA-237) underway in November 1955, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell
    Bexar 88k USS Bexar (APA-237) underway near the San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunters Point), 11 January 1957 after a regular overhaul. She has yet to re-embark most of her landing craft.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown
    Mike Green
    Bexar 110k USS Bexar (APA-237), date and location unknown. ©George B Barber, Marine Photo and Publishing Co. San Diego CA.
    Copies of this photo are available from Marine Photo and Publishing Co.
    contributed by Tom Gonzales
    Eldorado 127k USS Bexar (APA-237) moored port side to USS Eldorado (AGC-11) at Naval Station San Diego, CA. Note the crew of Eldorado in dress blues assembled on the helo deck for a ceremony, 1963. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USNR USS Renville
    Bexar 83k USS Bexar (APA-237) moored at Danang, South Vietnam circa September-October 1966, with four merchantmen and one unidentified LST. The merchantmen are unloading supplies for Allied forces in the I Corp area of South Vietnam onto three new deep draft piers. The new piers, completed in October 1966, greatly increase cargo handling capacity in the port. Previously ships had to anchor in the harbor and unload onto landing craft or barges.
    Naval Photographic Center photo # 1118323
    Ron Reeves
    Bexar 55k USS Bexar (APA-237) decommissioning program (cover) Robert Weiss


    For more photos and information about USS Bexar see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Bexar APA/LPA-237
  • Commanding Officers

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

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