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USS Reeves (APD-52)
USS Reeves (DE-156) (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Echo - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 7 February 1943, as Reeves (DE-156), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth VA.
  • Launched, 23 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS Reeves (DE-156), 9 June 1943, LCDR. Mathias S. Clark, USNR in command
  • Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia PA.
  • Redesignated High-speed Transport (APD-52), 24 September 1944
  • During World War II USS Reeves was assigned initially to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred Five, CAPT. J. M. Kennaday USN and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 15 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Reeves (APD-52) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 2 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 30 July 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 June 1966
  • USS Reeves (APD-52) earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to Ecuador in July 1961 for use as a electric power plant
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    181k USS Reeves (APD-52) under way off Navy Yard Philadelphia, 22 December 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-1024335
    Rick Davis
    Reeves 60k USS Reeves (APD-52) under way, date and location unknown. Alison Strehlow
    USS Reeves DE-156/APD-52 web site
    Reeves 115k USS Reeves (APD-52) under way, date and location unknown. Alison Strehlow
    USS Reeves DE-156/APD-52 web site
    Reeves 97k Former US Navy prisoners of war on board USS Reeves (APD-52) in Tokyo Bay, Japan, after being transferred from USS Benevolence (AH-13), 29 August 1945. They had just been liberated from the Nisson Mills Camp # 2, in the Tokyo Area.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-338187, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Bill Gonyo
    Reeves 22k USS Reeves (APD-52) commander (right) LCDR. Park A. Dallis Jr. USNR with recently liberated Major Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington USMC, Commanding Officer of "Black Sheep Squadron" Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF-214) (left) and CDR. Richard H. O'Kane USS Tang (SS-306) (center), 30 August 1945, the day after the two men were liberated from the Omori POW camp in Tokyo. Mike Smolinski

    USS Reeves (APD-52)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Clark, Mathias Stanley, USNR9 June 1943 - 2 December 1943DE-156
    02LCDR. Durney, James John, USNR2 December 1943 - 13 August 1945DE-156 / APD-52
    03LCDR. Dallis Jr., Park Aloysius, USNR13 August 1945 - 18 December 1945APD-52
    04LTjg. Gibbons, Earl F., USNR18 December 1945 - 30 July 1946APD-52
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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