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USS Humphreys (APD-12)
USS Humphreys (DD-236) (1920 - 1942) (1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - 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 Nicaraguan Campaign Medal
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid Down, 31 July 1918, at New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 28 July 1919
  • Commissioned at Philadelphia, PA., USS Humphreys (DD-236), 21 July 1920, CDR. W. Baggaley in command
  • Decommissioned, 10 January 1930, at Philadelphia
  • Recommissioned, 13 June 1932, at Philadelphia
  • Decommissioned, 14 September 1939, at San Diego, CA.
  • Recommissioned, 26 September 1939
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Redesignated (APD-12), 1 December 1942
  • During World War II USS Humphreys (APD-12) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Woodlark Island, 23 June 1943
    Lae occupation, 4 to 7 and 10 September 1943
    Finschhafen occupation, 22 and 30 September 1943
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 6 to 10 January 1945
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Arawe, New Britain, 15 December 1943
    Cape Gloucester landings, New Britain, 26 December 1943
    Admiralty Island landings, 29 February 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 8 March 1945
    Hollandia operation
    Humboldt Bay, 22 April 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto (Keise Shima), 31 March to 3 April 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 18 to 21 October 1944

  • While assigned to Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area USS Humphreys came under the command of TransDiv Sixteen
  • While assigned to Commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet USS Humphreys came under the command of TransDiv One Hundred-One, CDR. J. S. Horner USNR
  • Reverted to a Destroyer and redesignated (DD-236), 20 July 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • USS Humphreys earned seven battle stars for World War II service.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to National Metals and Steel Corp, Terminal Island, CA.
    Displacement 1,215 t.(lt) 1,780 t.(fl)
    Length 314' 4"
    Beam 30' 8"
    Draft 9' 10"
    Speed 27.6 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 96
    Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    one single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge rack
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 3,025 Bbls
    Diesel 50 Bbls
    two Westinghouse geared turbines
    two White-Forester boilers, 250psi Sat°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,500shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Humphreys 24k USS Humphreys (APD-12) under way, circa 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Humphreys 37k USS Humphreys (APD-12) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Ted Majusick and CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
    Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation
    Humphreys 190k USS Humphreys (APD-12) and USS Sands (APD-13) moored together at Townsville, QLD, Australia, 21 May 1943. As part of the 7th Amphibious Force, they have just completed escorting an LST convoy, leaving New Hebrides on May 14th and arriving at Townsville May 20th.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo # 302629
    Mike Green
    Humphreys 144k One of USS Humphrey's (APD-12) LCP(L)'s unloading troops, date and location unknown. Paul Rebold and Ted Majusick
    Humphreys 136k USS Humphreys (APD-12) in Leyte Gulf during landings on Leyte Island, 21 October 1944.
    US National Archives, Photo # 80-G-359763 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    Humphreys k USS Humphreys (APD-12) circa 1944. Humphreys is painted in the green tones of Camouflage Measure 31, Design 12T.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 81393. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    Mike Green

    USS Humphreys (DD-236 / APD-12)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Schwartz, Frank Dewey :RADM1944
    02CDR Murphy, O. B., USNR1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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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