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USS Tattnall (APD-19)
USS Tattnall (DD-125) (1920 - 1943)
USS Tattnall (Destroyer No. 125) (1919 - 1920)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Destroyer clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Wickes Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 1 December 1917, at New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 5 September 1918
  • Commissioned USS Tattnall (Destroyer No. 125), 26 June 1919, CDR. Gordon Wayne Haines in command
  • Designated (DD-125), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 15 June 1922, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego
  • Recommissioned, 1 May 1930, CDR. A. M. R. Allen in command
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Redesignated (APD-19), 24 July 1943
  • During World War II USS Tattnall (DD-125 / APD-19) was first assigned to the American Theater as a convoy escort and later to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater, where she was assigned to TransDiv Thirteen after conversion to an APD. When re-assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area she remained a unit of TransDiv Thirteen, until re-assigned to Commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet where she was flagship for TransDiv One Hundred, CDR. R. A. Wilhelm USNR and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    West Coast of Italy operations - 1944
    Elba and Pianosa landings, 17 June 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 19 April to 1 May 1945
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August 1944  

  • Decommissioned, 17 December 1945, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck From the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • USS Tattnall earned three battle stars for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 October 1946, to Pacific Metals and Salvage Co., Seattle WA.
    Displacement 1,060 t.
    Length 314'
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 8' 6"
    Speed 28.7 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 track
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,380 Bbls
    Diesel 55 Bbls
    two Parsons design New York Shipbuilding geared turbines
    two Thorny boilers 250psi Sat°
    single De Laval Main Reduction Gears
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 24,600shp

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    US National Archives
    Photo # 19-N-50910
    247k USS Tattnall (APD 19) under way off Charleston Navy Yard, S.C., 8 September 1943. Tattnall had just completed conversion from a destroyer (DD) to a fast transport (APD). She is painted in MS22 camouflage scheme. Photographed by a blimp from NAS Weeksville. These photographs were received by the Bureau of Ships in September 1943 with a letter from the Charleston Navy Yard.
    US National Archives Photo #'s 19-N-50910, 19-N-50911, 19-N-50912, 80-G-84348, 19-N-50905 and 19-N-50912, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst and
    Mike Green
    US National Archives
    Photo # 19-N-50911
    US National Archives
    Photo # 19-N-50912
    US National Archives
    Photo # 80-G-84348
    US National Archives
    Photo # 19-N-50905
    US National Archives
    Photo # 19-N-50906
    Tattnall 116k War time censors have airbrushed out the two radars on USS Tattnall (APD-19)'s mast as she provides training for the joint Army/Navy Scouts & Raiders off the shores of Fort Pierce, Florida.
    US National Archives Photo #'s 80-G-44525, US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    Tattnall 183k A small flotilla of LCPRs and LCVP approach USS Tattnall (APD-19)'s starboard side during training off the joint Army/Navy Scouts & Raiders base at Fort Pierce, FL. in December 1943. This photo shows her starboard 3"/50 gun on the midships galley house and her starboard davits, with the forward one out and the boat dropped. Note the stacks of rubber raiding craft by her aft funnel.
    US National Archives Photo #'s 80-G-44522, US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    Tattnall 248k Scouts and Raiders personnel climb down cargo nets hanging over the side of USS Tattnall (APD-19) into waiting LCPRs during training off the joint Army/Navy Scouts & Raiders base at Fort Pierce, FL. in the middle of December, 1943
    US National Archives Photo #'s 80-G-44523, US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    Greene 131k High-speed Transports (APD) at Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, in late 1944. The APDs present, in center, are: USS Greene (APD 36) -- closest to camera; USS Osmond Ingram (APD 35) -- next inboard; USS Barry (APD 29); USS Roper (APD 20); and USS Tattnall (APD 19). At the extreme right is USS Hilary P. Jones (DD-427). This photograph is dated January 1945, but was most likely taken, circa late-April-early May 1944, when Tattnall as flagship of Transport Division (TransDiv) 13, the only high-speed transport division in the Atlantic theater arrived in Oran, Algeria. Note old fort in the background.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # 80-G-302954, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Greene 448k USS Tattnall (APD-19) underway in Hampton Roads, VA. off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 25 January 1945.
    Photo from the John Dickey collection.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Greene 558k

    USS Tattnall (DD-125 / APD-19)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    APD-19 Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. May, Leo GeorgeJune 1942 - 21 August 1943DD-125 / APD-19
    02LCDR. Stewart, William Henry21 August 1943 - 11 February 1944APD-19
    03LCDR. Lennox, Frank Howard11 February 1944 - 29 January 1945APD-19
    04LT. Habich, Benjamin Alfred29 January 1945 17 December 1945APD-19
    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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