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Lost to enemy action, 2 April 1945

USS Dickerson (APD-21)
USS Dickerson (DD-157) (1920 - 1943)
USS Dickerson (Destroyer #157) (1919 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Yankee - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Okinawa) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (54 KIA/ MIA, 2 April 1945, off Okinawa)
Wickes Class Destroyer:
  • Laid Down, 5 March 1918, at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 12 March 1919
  • Commissioned USS Dickerson (Destroyer #157), 3 September 1919, CDR. Frederick . V. McNair Jr. USN in command
  • Designated (DD-157) 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 26 June 1922, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Recommissioned 1 May 1930
  • Converted to High-speed Transport at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Designated (APD-21), 21 August 1943
  • During World War II USS Dickerson was assigned to the American Theater, Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area TransDiv Fourteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Green Island landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Hollandia operation
    Aitape Humboldt Bay-Tanahmerah Bay, 21 April and 1 to 7 May 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 21 February to 11 March 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 14 June to 2 July 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 14 to 29 July 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 20 March to 4 April 1945

  • Final Disposition, lost to enemy action, 2 April 1945, hit by Japanese Kamikaze forcing her crew to abandon ship. Her hulk was towed to Kerama Retto and then out to sea and scuttled 4 April 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Dickerson (APD-21) earned six battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 1,060 t.
    Length 314' 4"
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11' 4"
    Speed 28.7 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Accommodations Enlisted 144
    Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    three single 3"/50 cal 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 Capacity
    NSFO 2,380 Bbls
    Diesel 55 Bbls
    two New York Shipbuilding Parsons-type geared turbines
    two Thorny boilers, 250psi Sat°
    single De Laval Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,000shp

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    Dickerson 96k USS Dickerson (APD-21) steaming west off the entrance to Chesapeake Bay (Position 36 57'N, 75 38'W. Course 270) on 3 October 1943. Photographed from a Blimpron ZP-14 blimp based at Naval Air Station Weeksville, North Carolina. Robert Hurst

    USS Dickerson (DD-157 / APD-21)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fightinge Ships (DANFS)
    APD-21 Commanding Officers
    LCDR. Taylor, Brown August 1943 to November 1943
    LCDR. Cain, John R. WWII
    LCDR. Lounsbrry, Ralph EmersonJanuary 1945 - 2 April 1945 (KIA)
    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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