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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)
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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Green Island landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
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
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.
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
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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||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.
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 Emerson||January 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
Last Updated 19 May 2018
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