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USS Kane (APD-18)
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USS Kane (DD-235) (1920 - 1943)


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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - 2nd Nicaraguan Campaign Medal
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Destroyer clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (3-WIA, 23 June 1944 off Saipan)
Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 3 July 1918, at New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 12 August 1919
  • Commissioned USS Kane (Destroyer No. 235), 11 June 1920, CDR. William Hall in command
  • Designated (DD-235) 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 31, December 1930, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Recommissioned. 1 April 1932, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned, 28 April 1938, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Recommissioned, 23 September 1939
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Todd Dry Dock, Seattle, WA.
  • Redesignated (APD-18), 3 April 1943
  • During World War II USS Kane was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Aleutians operations
    Attu occupation, 26 March to 2 June 1943
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, June 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 17 July 1944
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 30 January 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operations
    Finschhafen occupation - Milne Bay, February 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operations
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 to 27 June 1945
    Bismarck Archipelago operations
    Admiralty Island landings, 29 February 1944
     

  • Decommissioned, 24 January 1946, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 June 1946, to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA
  • USS Kane earned seven battle stars for service in World War II
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,215 t.(lt) 1,780 t.(lim)
    Length 314' 4"
    Beam 30' 8"
    Draft 12' 3" (lim)
    Speed 31.6 kts.
    Complement
    8 officers
    98 enlisted
    Troops Capacity
    3 officers
    144 enlisted
    Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    Armament
    three single 3"/50 cal. 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 2,800 Bbls
    Diesel 50 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Westinghouse geared turbines
    two White-Forester boilers, 250psi Sat°
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,500 shp

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    Hogan 231k USS Kane (APD 18) moored outboard of USS Hogan (DMS-6) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 31 December 1943.
    National Archives photo # 19 LCM CL53
    John Chiquoine
    Kane 120k Aft plan view of USS Kane (APD-14) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 7 January 1944. USS Denver (CL-58) and USS Birmingham (CL-62) are in the background. Kane was in overhaul at Mare Island from 10 December 1943 until 8 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 189-44
    Darryl Baker
    Kane 104k Forward plan view of USS Kane (APD-14) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 7 January 1944. USS Denver (CL-58) and USS Birmingham (CL-62) are in the background. Kane was in overhaul at Mare Island from 10 December 1943 until 8 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 190-44
    Darryl Baker
    Kane 88k Stern view of USS Kane (APD-14) off Navy Yard Mare Island, 8 January 1944. Kane was in overhaul at Mare Island from 10 December 1943 until 8 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 226-44
    Darryl Baker
    Kane 71k Starboard bow view of USS Kane (APD-18) off Navy Yard Mare Island, 8 January 1944. Kane was in overhaul at Mare Island from 10 December 1943 until 8 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 229-44
    CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
    Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation
    Kane 101k Broadside view of USS Kane (APD-14) off Navy Yard Mare Island, 8 January 1944. Kane was in overhaul at Mare Island from 10 December 1943 until 8 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 228-44
    Darryl Baker
    Kane 79k Bows on view of USS Kane (APD-14) in San Francisco Bay, 8 January 1944. Kane was in overhaul at Mare Island from 10 December 1943 until 8 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 230-44
    Darryl Baker
    Kane 175k USS Kane (APD-18) underway off San Pedro, CA., in April 1945. The Kane shows the general deck arrangement of flush deckers converted to fast transports. Two boilers and their stacks along with all of her torpedo tubes have been removed in her conversion, being replaced by four landing craft, their handling machinery and troop stowage quarters. Because of the kamikaze threat being encountered, the fast transports were relatively well armed; 3"/50s replacing her original 5"/51s, single 40mm guns aft along with five 20mm A.A. guns. To offset these additions four depth charge throwers and a single depth charge stern rack were removed  
    Kane 111k Kane (APD-18) underway off San Pedro, CA., in 1945  

    USS Kane (APD-18)
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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    American APD Corporation
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    Contact: CWO3 Curtis G. Clark USN Ret.
    Address: 3080 Monarch St.,San Diego CA. 92123
    Phone:: 858 427-6696
    Email: apdsec@san.rr.com

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