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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 bronze star in lieu of Destroyer clasp) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of 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 (APD-8) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation of Solomons Islands
Consolidation of southern Solomons, 16 June 1943
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 1 August 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 1 to 3 August 1944
|New Georgia Group operation
New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 30 June, 4 to 5 July 1943
Vella Lavell occupation, 15 August 1943
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and capture of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 19 may 1945
|Treasury - Bougainville operation
Treasury Island landing, 27 October 1943
Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 6, 11, and 17 November 1943
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and capture of Iwo Jima, 16 February to 7 March 1945
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Green Island landings, 13 to 19 February 1944
While assigned to Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area USS Waters came under the command of:
TransDiv Twelve, CDR. Hugh W. Hadley, USN (22)
While assigned to Commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet USS Waters came under the command of:
TransDiv One-Hundred, CDR. R.A. Wilhelm, USNR
Reverted to a Destroyer, redesignated (DD-115)
Decommissioned, 12 October 1945, at Terminal Island, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
USS Waters earned seven battle stars for service during World War II
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 10 May 1946
Displacement 1,154 t. 1,600 t.(fl)
Length 314' 5"
Beam 30' 6"
Draft 9' 10"
Speed 35.2 kts.
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
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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||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
||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 (DD-115 / APD-8)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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
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Last Updated 19 May 2018
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