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USS Crosby (APD-17)
USS Crosby (DD-164) (1920 - 1943)
USS Crosby (Destroyer No 164) (1919 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Oscar - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (10)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Wickes (Little) Class Destroyer:
  • Laid Down, 23 June 1918, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 28 September 1918
  • Commissioned, USS Crosby (Destroyer Number 164), 24 January 1919, LCDR. F. T. Berry in command
  • Designated Destroyer (DD-164), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 7 June 1922, at San Diego, CA.
  • Recommissioned, 18 December 1939
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., from 1 February to 22 February 1943
  • Redesignated (APD-17), 22 February 1943
  • During World War II USS Crosby was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operation
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 30 June to 5 July 1943
    Western New Guinea operations
    Biak Island operation, 27 May 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Treasury Island landing, 27 October 1943
    Leyte operation
    Suluan Island, 17 October 1944
    Dinagut Island, 19 to 20 October 1944
    Ormoc Bay landings, 7 December 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 24 to 29 December 1943
    Green Island landings, 15 to 20 February 1944
    Emirau Island landings, 20 March 1944
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 15 December 1944
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 11 January 1945
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Milne Bay, 2 January 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Nasugbu, 31 January 1945
    Mariveles, 15 February

    Corregidor, 17 February 1945
    Hollandia operation
    Aitape, 22 to 26 April 1944
    Humboldt Bay, 31 May to 1 June 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 April to 18 May 1945

  • While assigned to Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area USS Crosby came under the command of TransDiv Thirteen
  • While assigned to Commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet USS Crosby came under the command of TransDiv One Hundred, CDR. R. A. Wilhelm USNR
  • Decommissioned, 28 September 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Crosby (APD-17) earned the Navy Unit Commendation and 10 battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 23 May 1946
    Displacement 1,600 t.(lim)
    Length 314' 4"
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11 4"(lim)
    Speed 35.7 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    three 3"/50 gun dual purpose gun mounts
    three single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge track
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Oil Capacity
    Navy Standard Fuel Oil 2,380 bbls.
    Diesel 55 bbls.
    two Curtis designed geared turbines
    two Yarrow boilers 150psi
    two Westinghouse two pinion single reduction gears
    two turbo-drive ships service generators 60kW 120V D.C.
    two shafts 27,000shp

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    Crosby 179k USS Crosby (DD-164), 19 February 1943, while undergoing conversion to an APD at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA. Note the new ladders, which made it easier for troops to get into boats alongside, and the newly installed 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts. The boats are LCP(R)s
    US Navy photo from "US Amphibious Ships and Craft", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Crosby 66k USS Crosby (APD-17) off Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 24 February 1943, following conversion to a high-speed transport.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-41557, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center.
    Crosby 17k USS Crosby (APD-17) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Crosby 107k USS Crosby (APD-17) underway in the Solomon Islands in her Green Dragon paint scheme, date unknown. Jack W. Miller for his father John W. Miller CMM USS Crosby 1939-438

    USS Crosby (DD-164 / APD-17)
    Dictionary of American Navy 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
    "The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
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