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USS Loy (APD-56)
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USS Loy (DE-160) (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Delta - Bravo
NPDB
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

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
    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.
    Complement
    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
    Storage
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    Loy 136k USS Loy (APD-56) detailed profile drawing. ©John Robert Barrett
    Loy 49k USS Loy (APD-56) under way, date and location unknown. Raymond Fitch

    USS Loy (DE-160 / APD-56)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Bewick, James Voight12 September 1943 - 1 February 1944DE-160
    02LCDR. Pond Jr., Robert William, USNR1 February 1944 - 13 July 1945DE-160 . APD-56
    03LCDR. Bryan, Lamont Stewart, USNR13 July 1945 - 15 July 1946APD-56
    04LCDR. Shouldice, D'Arcy Virginius, USN15 July 1946 - 1 November 1946APD-56
    05LT. Morrow, James Raymond, USN1 November 1946 - 1 February 1947APD-56
    06LTjg. Anderson, William Theodore1 February 1947 - 21 February 1947APD-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
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