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USS Blessman (APD-48)
USS Blessman (DE-69) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Delta - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Iwo Jima, 15 February 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

USS Blessman (APD-48) was transferred to Taiwan, renamed ROCS Chung Shan (PF-843)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort - Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down as Blessman (DE-69), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham MA.
  • Launched 19 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS Blessman (DE-69), 19 September 1943, LCDR. Joseph A. Gillis, USNR, in command
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport
  • Redesignated (APD-48) 31 July 1944
  • During World War II USS Blessman 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 Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 3 to 13 January 1945
      Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 to 18 February 1945

  • Decommissioned, 15 January 1947, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 June 1967
  • Transferred to Taiwan, 3 July 1967, renamed ROCS Chung Shan (PF-843)
  • Struck by Taiwan Naval Register in May 1995
  • USS Blessman earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, broken up for scrap
    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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    USS Blessman (APD-48)
    Blessman 186k

    Edward Martin Blessman was born on 29 December 1907 in Nott, North Dakota. He grew up in his home town of Appleton, Wisconsin. Eddie was appointed midshipman from the 9th District of Wisconsin on 21 June 1927 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on 4 June 1931. Service at sea in Maryland (BB-46) and Hale (DD-133) preceded flight training at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., after which he served in VS-2B in Lexington (CV-2) and VP-17F, based on Thrush (AVP-3). Following a two-year tour at the NAS Anacostia, Blessman was promoted to lieutenant in January 1939. His next assignment was to the USS Marblehead (CL-12) as she joined the U.S. Asiatic Fleet on 10 December 1939. He was still serving with her when Japan launched its onslaught in the Far East in December 1941.
    On 4 February 1942, Marblehead stood out of Surabaya, Java, as part of a mixed American-Dutch cruiser-destroyer force under Rear Admiral Karel W. F. M. Doorman, RNN. Japanese Kawanishi H6K5 “Mavis” flying boats from the Toko Kokutai, however, spotted the Allied force as it attempted to transit the Madoera Strait to attack the Japanese Borneo invasion fleet. Thus forewarned, Japanese naval land attack planes bombed the allied force. At 1027, a stick of seven bombs from a Mitsubishi G4M1 “Betty” Bomber straddled Marblehead. The first of the two bombs to hit the ship penetrated the main deck and exploded near “wardroom country,” the blast ripping through the light sheet metal bulkheads that comprised the boundaries of the compartment. Blessman, who, as the ship’s senior aviator had no air defense station and was in the wardroom at the time, was killed instantly by the concussion. Lieutenant Blessman was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. His wife Mrs. Helen Malloy Blessman accepted the award on his behalf from a grateful nation.
    Photo from the "USNA Yearbook Lucky Bag – Class of 1931".
    Bill Gonyo
    Blessman 140k USS Blessman (APD-48) at Mare Island, 7 August 1945. She was undergoing repairs at the yard from 23 April until 11 August 1945. USS Owen (DD-536) is just visible in the background.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5826-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Blessman 147k Forward plan view of USS Blessman (APD-48) at Mare Island, 7 August 1945. USS Owen (DD-536) is seen to the right and the dredge Endicot (YM-12) is aft of Blessman.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5827-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Blessman 62k USS Blessman (APD-48) under way, August 1945, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Nick Tiberio
    Blessman 96k USS Blessman (APD-48) under way, circa 1944-1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 91127.
    Mike Green
    Blessman 70k USS Blessman (APD-48) under way, 4 August 1945, off Mare Island Navy Yard. Note that her quarter deck crane has been removed, and additional 40mm guns fitted in its place. Photo courtesy of Arthur D. Baker III, 1981.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 91839.
    Robert Hurst
    ROCS Chung Shan (PF-843)
    Blessman 46k Ex-USS Blessman (APD-48) in Republic of China service as Chung Shan (PF-843) at anchor, 16 August 1977, location unknown. Perry Huang
    Blessman 53k ROCS Chung Shan (PF-843) moored at Keelung Harbor in 1994. Perry Huang
    Blessman 69k ROCS Chung Shan (PF-843) under way, in 1995, location unknown. Perry Huang
    Blessman 69k ROCS Chung Shan (PF-843) ship's flag. Perry Huang

    USS Blessman (DE-69 / APD-48)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Gillis, Joseph Albert, USNR19 September 1943 - 6 August 1944DE-69 / APD-48
    02LT. DeBoutillier Jr., Phillip, USNR6 August 1944 - 21 July 1945APD-48
    03LCDR. Davison, Clement Ovid, USNR21 July 1945 - 18 October 1945APD-48
    04LCDR. Livingston, Carlton Stanley, USN18 October 1945 - 15 February 1946APD-48
    05LCDR. White, Doyle Evan, USNR15 February 1946 - 17 June 1946APD-48
    06LCDR. Case, Gerald Frederick, USNR17 June 1946 - 1 August 1946APD-48
    07LCDR. Hale Jr., Cutler, Stephen, USN1 August 1946 - 15 January 1947APD-48
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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