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USS Belknap (APD-34)
USS Belknap (AVD-9) (1940-1944)
USS Belknap (DD-251) (1920 - 1940)
USS Belknap (Destroyer # 251) (1919 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Juliet - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Bronze "A") - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid Down, 31 July 1918, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 14 January 1919
  • Commissioned USS Belknap (Destroyer No. 251), 28 April 1919, LCDR. S. Gassee in command
  • Designated (DD-251), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1922, at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Converted Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) (AVD-8)
  • Recommissioned, 2 August 1940
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport redesignated (APD-34), 22 June 1944
  • During World War II USS Belknap was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Task Group 21.12 Leyte operation
      Luzon operation

  • Decommissioned, 4 August 1945 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 November 1945
  • Belknap received the Presidential Unit Citation and three battle stars for her World War II service
    Displacement; 1,215 t.
    Length; 314' 4"
    Beam; 31' 8"
    Draft; 9' 10"
    Speed; 33.3 kts.
    Complement; 130
    Boats; 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    three single 4"/50 gun mounts
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge track
    four depth charge projectors
    two Curtis-type geared turbines
    two propellers, 26,500shp

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    USS Belknap (AVD-8)
    Belknap 151k USS Belknap (AVD-8) underway at sea in 1943, while engaged in hunter-killer operations north of the Azores. Photographed from a USS Core (CVE-13) aircraft. Photo -Paul Rebold
    Caption - Robert Hurst
    USS Belknap (APD-34)
    Belknap 112k USS Belknap (APD-34) underway, date and location unknown Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Belknap 54k USS Belknap (APD-34) underway, date and location unknown. CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
    Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation

    USS Belknap (APD-34)
    Dictionary of American Navy 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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