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USS Loy (APD-56)
USS Loy (DE-160) (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Delta - Bravo
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Indigo (T)ango - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third 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 as Loy (DE-160), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, 23 April 1943, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth VA.
Launched, 4 July 1943
Commissioned USS Loy (DE-160), 12 September 1943, LCDR. James V. Bewick in command
Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at Boston Navy Yard, Boston MA.
Redesignated (APD-56), 23 October 1944
During World War II USS Loy (DE-160) was assigned first to convoy duty to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later after conversion to
High-speed Transport APD-56 to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater where she participated in the following campaign
|Campaign and Dates
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 20 March to 7 June 1945
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Loy (APD-56) came under the command of:
TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short, USN;
TransDiv One Hundred-Six (flagship) CAPT. F. W. Schmidt USN (20)
Following World War II USS Loy (APD-56) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 September to 17 November 1945
Decommissioned, 21 February 1947, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Moved in 1961 to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1964
USS Loy earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold 15 August 1975, for $27,677.00, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore MD. for scrapping
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 Loy (APD-56) detailed profile drawing.
||©John Robert Barrett
||USS Loy (APD-56) under way, date and location unknown.
USS Loy (DE-160 / APD-56)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Bewick, James Voight||12 September 1943 - 1 February 1944||DE-160|
|02||LCDR. Pond Jr., Robert William, USNR||1 February 1944 - 13 July 1945||DE-160 . APD-56|
|03||LCDR. Bryan, Lamont Stewart, USNR||13 July 1945 - 15 July 1946||APD-56|
|04||LCDR. Shouldice, D'Arcy Virginius, USN||15 July 1946 - 1 November 1946||APD-56|
|05||LT. Morrow, James Raymond, USN||1 November 1946 - 1 February 1947||APD-56|
|06||LTjg. Anderson, William Theodore||1 February 1947 - 21 February 1947||APD-56|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|Reunion Contact Person
Contact: Tina Bailey (daughter of Baylor C. Kirk)|
Address: 3417 Knollwood Drive, Beavercreek, OH., 45432-2252
Phone: (937) 427-0703
E-mail: Tina Bailey
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 30 June 2017
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