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USS Clemson (APD-31)
USS Clemson (AVD-4) (1940 - 1943)
USS Clemson (AVP-17) (1939 - 1940)
USS Clemson (DD-186) (1920 - 1939) (1943-1944) (1945)
USS Clemson (Destroyer No. 186) (1918 - 1920)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Zulu - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (5 January 1945) - Presidential Unit Citation - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal (1) - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Clemson Class Destroyer:
Laid Down, 11 May 1918, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 5 September 1918
Commissioned, USS Clemson (Destroyer No. 186), 29 December 1919, LCDR. Grattan C. Dichman in command
Reduced to Commissioned in Reserve, 13 June 1920
Designated (DD-186) 17 July 1920
Decommissioned, 30 June 1922
Converted to Aircraft Tender (Small) (AVP-17), 16 November 1939
Recommissioned, 12 July 1940, LCDR. John P. Whitney USN in command
Redesignated Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) (AVD-4), 6 August 1940
Reverted to (DD-186), 1 December 1943
Convert to a High-speed Transport and designated (APD-31), 17 July 1944 Decommissioned, 12 October 1945
During World War II USS Clemson (AVD-4 / DD-186) was assigned to the American and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters, as APD-31 the ship was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransDiv One Hundred One, CDR. J. S. Horner USN, and participating in the following campaigns:
(DD-186) American Campaign
(DD-186) Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
(APD-31) Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
|Task Group 21.13|
Hunter-Killer Group ASW Operations 12 July to 23 August 1943
|Task Group 21.12|
Hunter-Killer Group ASW Operations 20 April to 20 June 1943
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 14 June to 2 July 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 17 to 29 July 1944
||Task Group 21.13|
Hunter-Killer Group ASW Operations 11 November t o29 December 1943
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
||Sinking of U-172, 13 December 1943
Leyte landings, 10 October to 29 November 1944
3rd Fleet supporting operations, 4 to 18 January 1945
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 April to 6 June 1945
Redesignated DD-186, 17 July 1945
Decommissioned, 12 December 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Clemson received the Presidential Unit Citation as a unit of TG 21.13 and earned nine battle stars for her actions in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 November 1946
Displacement; 1,215 t.(lt) 1,600 t.(fl)
Length; 314' 4"
Beam; 30' 8"
Draft; 9' 10"
Speed; 27.6 kts.
APD Troop Accommodations
APD 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
APD Fuel Capacities
NSFO 3,215 Bbls
Diesel 50 Bbls
two Westinghouse turbines
two White-Forester boilers, 250psi Sat°
single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
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|USS Clemson (AVD-4)
Clemson Henry A. Clemson (1820 – 8 December 1846) was an officer in the United States Navy in the early 19th century.
Born in New Jersey, Clemson was appointed a midshipman in 1836. He served in USS St. Mary's
and the brig USS Somers during the Mexican–American War. Passed midshipman Clemson drowned
on 8 December 1846 when Somers capsized off Vera Cruz in a squall while chasing a blockade runner. USS Clemson (DD-186) was named in his honor.
The Mexican War Midshipmen's Monument was erected at the United States Naval Academy in 1948. It is in the memory of Clemson and three other midshipmen who died at Vera
Cruz. The monument was at one time known as the Clemson Monument. (Wikipedia)
Photo - Sketch Mexican War Midshipmen's Monument erected at Annapolis on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy in memory of Thomas Branford Shubrick (1825-1847),
killed while in the act of pointing this gun during the bombardment of Vera Cruz; and Passed Midshipmen Henry A. Clemson, John R. Hynson, and Midshipman Wingate
||USS Clemson (AVD-4) underway in November 1942, date and location unknown.
|USS Clemson (APD-31)
||USS Clemson (APD-31) off the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina on 21 April 1944, following conversion from a destroyer
(DD-186, ex-AVD-4). Circles mark recent alterations.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 91794, courtesy of Arthur D. Baker III, 1981.
||USS Clemson (APD-31) underway off Charleston Navy Yard, 21 April 1944. Note the depth charge throwers aft, which gave her a significant ASW capability. Circles indicate changes made during previous refits, which converted her into an APD.
US Navy photo from "US Amphibious Ships and Craft", by Norman Friedman.
USS Clemson (DD-186 / AVD-4 / APD-31)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|AVP-17 Commanding Officers|
|01||LCDR. Dichman, Grattan Cooley||28 December 1919 - 1920 ||Destroyer No. 186|
|02||LCDR. Jordan, Leslie LaFayette||9 April 1921 - 30 June 1922||DD-186|
| ||Decommissioned||30 June 1922 - 12 July 1940|| |
|03||LCDR. Whitney, John Perry :VADM||12 July 1940 - May 1942||AVP-17 / AVD-4|
|04||LCDR. Yancey, Evan White||May 1942 - 1 September 1943||AVD-4|
|05||LCDR. Moran, William Francis||1 September 1943 - 1944||AVD-4|
|06||LCDR. Hardy Jr., Arthur H.||1944 - 21 September 1945||APD-31|
|07||LT. Robertson, J. H.||21 September 1945 - 12 October 1945||APD-31|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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