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USS Belknap (APD-34)
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USS Belknap (AVD-8) (1940-1944)
USS Belknap (DD-251) (1920 - 1940)
USS Belknap (Destroyer # 251) (1919 - 1920)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Juliet - Romeo
NQJR
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 - American Defense Service Medal (with "A" device)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines 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 (APD-34) was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred Two, CDR. J. N. Hughes USN (31) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Task Group 21.12, 20 April to 30 June Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 10 October to 29 November 1944
      Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
  • Decommissioned, 4 August 1945 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Belknap received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned three battle stars for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 November 1945
    Specifications:

    Displacement; 1,215 t.(lt) 1,600 t.(fl)
    Length; 314' 4"
    Beam; 30' 8"
    Draft; 9' 10"
    Speed; 27.6 kts.
    Complement;
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    APD Troop Accommodations
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 144
    APD Boats; 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    APD Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    two Westinghouse turbines
    two White-Forester boilers, 250psi Sat°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers

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    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 (DD-251 / AVD-8 / 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
    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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