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Lost to enemy aircraft attack off Okinawa, 25 May 1945
21 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on eternal duty

USS Bates (APD-47)
USS Bates (DE-68) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Alpha - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Iwo Jima, 25 May 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Personnel Awards

(21 KIA -Okinawa, 25 May 1945)

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort - Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 29 March 1943, as Bates (DE-68), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham MA.
  • Launched, 6 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS Bates (DE-68), 12 September 1943, LCDR. Eugene H. Maher USNR, in command
  • Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport by Marine Basin Co., Brooklyn N.Y.
  • Redesignated (APD-47), 31 July 1944
  • During World War II USS Bates was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred Four, CAPT. R. D. Williams USN (24) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 12 June 1944 Okinawa Gunto operations
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 February to 25 May 1945

  • Lost to enemy action 25 May 1945, sunk by Japanese kamikaze aircraft off Okinawa
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 June 1945
  • USS Bates (APD-47) earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, hulk donated to the government of the Ryukyu Islands, 1 July 1957
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,216 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    Bates 95k USS Bates (APD-47) off New York Navy Yard, 28 October 1944.
    New York Navy Yard, Photo No.27829
    Mike Green
    Bates 33k USS Bates (APD-47) burning off Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, after a suicide attack by three Japanese planes, 25 May 1945.
    Photo from the collection of Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #NH 66450.
    Hyperwar US Navy
    in World War II

    USS Bates (APD-47)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Maher, Eugene Hugh, USN (USNA 1932)12 September 1943 - 5 May 1944DE-68
    02LCDR. Wilmerding Jr., Henry Albert, USNR5 May 1944 - 25 May 1945DE-68 / APD-47
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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