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USS Roper (APD-20)
USS Roper (DD-147) (1920 - 1943)
USS Roper (Destroyer #147) (1919 - 1920)

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

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

Wickes Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 19 March 1918, at William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 17 August 1918
  • Commissioned USS Roper (Destroyer No. 147), 15 February 1919, CDR. Abram Claude USN in command
  • Designated (DD-147), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 14 December 1922, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 18 March 1930
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Redesignated (APD-20), 20 October 1943
  • During World War II USS Roper participated in the following campaigns:

    American Campaign

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    ASW Assessment - (Sinking U-85)
    14 April 1942
    West Coast of Italy operations
    17 June 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    1 April to 6 June 1945
      Invasion of Southern France
    14 August to 25 September 1944

  • While assigned to Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area USS Roper came under the command of TransDiv Thirteen
  • While assigned to Commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet USS Roper came under the command of TransDiv One Hundred-Two, CDR. J. N. Hughes USN (31)
  • Decommissioned, 15 September 1945, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 October 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to The Learner Co. Oakland, CA.
  • USS Roper earned four battle stars during World War II
    Displacement 1,060 t.(lt) 1,600 t.(fl)
    Length 314' 5"
    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
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    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 New York Shipbuilding Parsons-type turbines
    two White Forester boilers, 250psi Sat°
    single De Laval Main Reduction Gears
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin propellers, 26,000shp

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    Roper 139k USS Roper (APD-20) is shown newly converted to a high speed transport on 21 November 1943 off the Charleston Navy Yard. Both forward stacks and their boilers have been removed for troop carrying capability. The landing craft are LCP(L)s and are used for personnel only, as her cargo carrying capacity is small.
    US Navy photo
    Roper 99k USS Roper (APD-20) at sea, 4 February 1944. Paul Rebold
    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 Hilary P. Jones (DD 427). This photograph was dated January 1945, but was taken at least a month earlier. Note old fort in the background.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-302954, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Greene 182k USS Roper (APD-20) showing damage by suicide plane attack, 26 May 1945.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 66192, courtesy Admiral H. W. Hill.
    Mike Green

    USS Roper (DD-147 / APD-20)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Abram, Claude15 February 1919 - October 1919DD-147
    02LCDR. McClain, John FranklinOctober 1919 - October 1919DD-147
     DecommissionedOctober 1922 - 18 March 1930DD-147
    04CDR. Esler, Jay, Knight1932 - ?DD-147
    06LCDR. Graf, Homer, William1 June 1934 - July 1935DD-147
    08LCDR. Hadley, Hugh William1937 - 1938DD-147
    09LT. Hines, John Fore (Firpo)1938 - 22 April 1938DD-147
    10LCDR. Hubbard, Harry, Enson22 April 1939 - 21 June 1940DD-147
    11LCDR. Richter, Henry Edward21 June 1940 - ?DD-147
    12LCDR. Howe, Hamilton Wilcox :RADM1941 - ?DD-147
     LCDR. Carter, Ulysses B.1944 - ?APD-20
    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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