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USS Noa (APD-24)
USS Noa (DD-343) (1921-1943)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - India - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Yangtze Service Medal - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 18 November 1918, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1918
  • Commissioned USS Noa (DD-343), 15 February 1921
  • Decommissioned, 11 November 1934, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 1 April 1940, at Philadelphia
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Redesignated (APD-24), 24 August 1943
  • During World War II USS Noa was assigned to the American and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters for convoy and ASW duties before assignment to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area, TransDiv Sixteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26, 28 to 29 December 1943
    Green Islands landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 7 July 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 25 July 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Saidor occupation, 2 January 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Hollandia operation, 12 to 23 April and 5 May 1944  

  • Final Disposition, lost due to collision with USS Fullam (DD-474) 12 September 1944, while enroute to Palau Islands
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Noa earned five battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 1,780 t.(fl)
    Length 314' 4"
    Beam 30' 8"
    Draft 12' 3"
    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 twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge track
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 3,025 Bbls
    Diesel 50 Bbls
    two Westinghouse turbines
    two Wheeler-Foster boilers, 250psi Sat°
    single Parsons Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,000shp

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    Noa 26k USS Noa (APD-24) underway, date and place unknown. CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
    Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation
    Noa 162k USS Fullam (DD-474) recovers USS Noa (APD-24)'s survivors as USS Honolulu (CL-48) stands by in the background, in the morning on 12 September 1944. Noa sank after being rammed by USS Fullam (DD-474) while both were en route to the invasion of Peleliu.
    US National Archives, Photo # 80-G-287120.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Noa (DD-343 / APD-24)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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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