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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
|Task Group 21.12
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.
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)
||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)
||USS Belknap (APD-34) underway, date and location unknown
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||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
Last Updated 11 January 2008
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