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USS Waters (APD-8)
USS Waters (DD-115) (1920 - 1940)
USS Waters (Destroyer #115) (1918 - 1920)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Kilo - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Destroyer clasp) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Wickes Class Destroyer:
  • Laid Down, 26 July 1917, at William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 3 March 1918
  • Commissioned, 8 August 1918, as USS Waters (Destroyer No. 115), LCDR. Charles F. Russell in command
  • Redesignated (DD-115) 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 28 December 1922
  • Recommissioned, 4 June 1930
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport and redesignated (APD-8), 19 December 1942
  • During World War II USS Waters was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of Southern Solomons Marianas operation
    New Georgia Group operation Leyte operation
    Treasury - Bougainville operation Luzon operation
    Bismarck Archipelago operation  

  • Reverted to a Destroyer, redesignated (DD-115)
  • Decommissioned, 12 October 1945, at Terminal Island, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 10 May 1946
  • USS Waters received seven battle stars for service during World War II
    Displacement 1,154 t. 1,600 t.(fl)
    Length 314' 5"
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 9' 10"
    Speed 35.2 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 144
    Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    three single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge rack
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,380 Bbls
    Diesel 55 Bbls
    two Fore River Curtis design geared turbines
    two Yarrow boilers, 250psi Sat.
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw, 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 27,000shp

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    Waters 69k USS Waters (APD-8) underway in 1944, place unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 81392 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
    Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation and the US Naval Historical Center
    Waters 111k USS Waters (APD-8) at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA., 2 February 1943. Note the depth charge racks on her fantail, propeller guards, and landing craft (probably LCPR types) on her davits.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-41230 from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Waters (APD-8)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    American APD Corporation
    Four Stack APD Veterans

    Contact: CWO3 Curtis G. Clark USN Ret.
    Address: 3080 Monarch St.,San Diego CA. 92123
    Phone:: 858 427-6696

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
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