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USS Rathburne (APD-25)
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USS Rathburne (DD-113) (1920 - 1944, 1945)
USS Rathburne (Destroyer # 113) (1918 - 1920)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Charlie - Romeo
NACR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - World War I Victory Medal (with Destroyer clasp)
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


Wickes Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 12 July 1917, at William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 27 October 1917
  • Commissioned USS Rathburne (Destroyer No. 113), 24 June 1918, CDR. Ward R. Wortman in command
  • Designated (DD-113) 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 12 February 1923, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego
  • Recommissioned 8 February 1930
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Redesignated (APD-25), 20 May 1944, CDR Richard L. Welch, in command
  • During WWII USS Rathburne was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of Southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Manila Bay - Bicol operation
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 10 October to 29 November 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation to Iwo Jima, 6 to 18 March 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 April to 16 May 1945

  • Reverted to (DD-113) 20 July 1945
  • Decommissioned, 2 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 November 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in November 1946 to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • USS Rathburne earned six battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,060 t.(lt) 1,600 t.(fl)
    Length 314' 4"
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 8' 6"
    Speed 36 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 144
    Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    two Cramp Parsons design geared turbines
    two White-Forester boilers, 350psi Sat°
    single DeLaval Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,000shp
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    Rathburne 65k USS Rathburne (APD-25) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # 120-11.
    Paul Rebold
    Rathburne 28k USS Rathburne (APD-25) underway off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, WA., 16 June 1944. She is painted in the green tones of Camouflage Measure 31, Design 12T. Photo - CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
    Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation
    Caption - Robert Hurst
    Rathburne 130k Overhead view of USS Rathburne (APD-25) underway, date and location unknown. Note the restyled bridge structure, just two remaining funnels, and four LCPRs (Landing Craft, Personnel, Ramped) in davits in lieu of torpedo tubes.
    US Navy photo from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of the World" by Bernard Ireland.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Rathburne (APD-25)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Center
    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
    Email: apdsec@san.rr.com

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
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