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USS Laning (LPR-55)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Laning (APD-55) (1944 - 1969)
USS Laning (DE-159) (1943 - 1944)
November - Foxtrot - India - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 20 April 1944) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 23 April 1943, as, Laning (DE-159), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
Launched, 4 July 1943
Commissioned USS Laning (DE-159), 1 August 1943, CDR. Edwin C. Woodward in command
Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport, at Philadelphia, PA., 24 November 1944 to 14 February 1945
Redesignated (APD-55), 24 November 1944
During World War II USS Laning was assigned initially to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred-Seven, CAPT. N. E. Millerand
and participated in the following operation:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Convoy UGS-38, 20 April 1944
Following World War II USS Laning (APD) was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|3 September to 21 October 1945||3 September to 21 October 1945
Decommissioned, 28 June 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Recommissioned, 6 April 1951, at Green Cove Springs, CDR. John D. Patterson in command
Decommissioned, 13 September 1956, at Bayonne, N.J.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk, VA.
Reclassified an Amphibious Transport, Small, redesignated (LPR-55), 1 January 1969
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1975
USS Laning (DE-159) earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for Scrapping, 30 September 1975, to Trebor Marine Corp., Camden, N.J. for $53,000.00
Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
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
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 Laning (APD-55) detailed profile drawing.
||©John Robert Barrett
||Aft plan view of USS Laning (APD-55) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 7 August 1945. Note Mare Island Ammunition Depot in the background.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5824-45.
||Forward plan view of USS Laning (APD-55) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 7 August 1945.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5825-45.
||Stern view of USS Laning (APD-55) underway off Navy Yard Mare Island, 8 August 1945.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5833-45.
||Broadside view of USS Laning (APD-55) underway off Navy Yard Mare Island, 8 August 1945.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 5835-45.
|Robert Hurst and Darryl Baker
||USS Laning (APD-55) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
||USS Laning (APD-55) and USS Bowers (APD-40) moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., circa 1951-52. Note the bedding spread across the Bowers railings. Crews aired bedding on a weekly basis.
||George Panos, QMS2C USS Earle B. Hall
||USS Laning (APD-55) underway as an APD flagship, circa 1964, location unknown.
US Navy photo from "Our Navy."
USS Laning (DE-159 / APD-55 / LPD-55)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Woodward, Edwin Charles||1 August 1943 - 8 November 1943||DE-153|
|02||LCDR. Shuman Jr., Edwin Arthur, USNR||8 November 1943 - November 1945||DE-153 / APD-55|
|03||LCDR. Bienvenue Sr., Roland Gilbert, USN (USNA 1941)||November 1945 - 21 January 1946||APD-55|
|04||LCDR. McKee, John Raymond USN||21 January 1946 - March 1946||APD-55|
|05||LTjg. Halsten, Patrick D., USNR||March 1946 - 28 June 1946||APD-55|
| ||Decommissioned||28 June 1946 - 6 April 1951||APD-55|
|06||LCDR. Patterson, John Durant, USN (USNA 1942)||6 April 1951 - ?||APD-55|
|07||LCDR. Wild, William Harvey||1953 - ?||APD-55|
| ||LCDR. Marr, Robert Irving, USN||1956||APD-55|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Contact: Robert L. Jones|
Address: 616 E Hancock St. Lansdale PA. 19446
E-mail: Robert L. Jones
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 30 June 2017
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