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USS Liddle (APD-60)
USS Liddle (DE-206) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - India - Uniform
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Discount (W)hiskey - 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, 7 December 1944) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia and Europe clasps)
Fourth Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 1-Dominican Republic) - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (38-KIA 7 December 1944)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 8 June 1943, as Liddle (DE-206), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston S.C.
  • Launched, 9 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS Liddle (DE-206), 6 December 1943, LCDR. Robert M. Hinckley, Jr., in command
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at New York
  • Redesignated (APD-60), 5 July 1944
  • During World War II USS Liddle (APD-60) was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TranDiv One Hundred Three, CDR. W. S. Parsons USN, and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 19 and 29 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay landing, 7 to 8 December 1944
    Borneo operation
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 June 1945
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 4 July 1945
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Liddle was assigned to Occupation and China service from 2 September to 29 October 1945
  • Decommissioned 18 June 1946 at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Recommissioned 27 October 1950 at Green Cove Springs
  • Following recommissioning USS Liddle was assigned to Occupation service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 28 September 194526 June to 20 September 1951
    8 to 11 November 194520 September 1953 to 24 January 1954

  • Assigned to Reserve Training at New Orleans, 21 March 1958
  • Decommissioned, 2 February 1959
  • Recommissioned, 29 November 1961
  • Decommissioned, 18 March 1967 at Norfolk, VA.
    From her homeport at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, at Norfolk,VA. Liddle was ordered to Orange, TX. to retrieve USS Beverly W. Reid (APD-119) from the Reserve Fleet. Beverly W. Reid was towed back to Norfolk where Liddle's crew decommission her and simultaneously reactivated Beverly W. Reid. Upon the decommissioning of Liddle on 18 March 1967 her former crew manned and recommissioned Beverly W. Reid the same day.
    Robert Narvaez RD2 (Diver) USN USS Liddle and USS Beverly W. Reid
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 April 1967
  • USS Liddle (APD-60) earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 June 1967, to North American Smelting Co.
    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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    Liddle 137k USS Liddle (APD-60) detailed profile drawing. ©John Robert Barrett
    Liddle 105k USS Liddle (APD-60) moored pierside, at a US Navy Drydock, Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Nick Tiberio
    Liddle 82k USS Liddle (APD-60) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy
    in World War II
    Liddle 133k USS Liddle (APD-60) underway, date and location unknown. Oliver W Kruger, YN3, USN, USS Liddle, February 1954 to June 1955
    62k USS Boxer (LPH-4) underway and USS Liddle (APD-60) in transit to Spain, during Operation "Steelpike 1", October 1964.
    From the William C. Reed Collection (COLL/5634) at the Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division official USMC protograph (FLICKR)
    Robert Hurst
    Liddle 68k USS Liddle (APD-60) and the soon to be recommissioned USS Beverly W. Reid (APD-119) moored pierside at pier 11, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA., circa November 1966. Robert Narvaez

    USS Liddle (APD-60)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hinckley Jr., Robert Messigner, USN (USNA 1936)r6 December 1943 - 2 August 1944DE-208 / APD-60
    02LCDR. Brogger, Lloyd Christian, USNR (KIA, 7 December 1944)2 August 1944 - 7 December 1944APD-60
    03LT. Hawes Jr., Richard K., (XO acting CO)7 December 1944 - 10 December3 1944APD-60
    04LCDR. Kennedy, William DeWitt10 December 1944 - 18 June 1946APD-60
     Decommissioned18 June 1946 - 27 October 1950APD-60
    05LCDR. Miller, Kenneth Woodrow, USN (USNA 1942)27 October 1950 - July 1951APD-60
    06LCDR. Sammons, Robert Judson, USN (USNA 1943)July 1951 - February 1952APD-60
    07LCDR. Drachnik, Joseph Brennan, USN (USNA 1943)March 1953 - March 1954APD-60
    08CDR. Marks, John Lewis, USN? - 19 February 1958APD-60
    09LCDR. Price Jr., Arthur Whyte :RADM19 February 1958 - 2 February 1959APD-60
     Decommissioned2 February 1959 - 29 November 1961APD-60
    09LCDR. Ross Jr., Royal Raymond, USN29 November 1961 - ?APD-60
    14LCDR. Hennessey Jr., Aloysius GonzagaAugust 1965 - 18 March 1967APD-60
     LCDR. Reynolds, Thomas Emmett, USNno datesAPD-60
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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