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USS Kephart (APD-61)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Kephart (DE-207) (1943 - 1944)
November - Foxtrot - India - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
USS Kephart (APD-61) was transferred to South Korea, ROKS Kyong Puk (PF-82)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down as Kephart (DE-207), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston S.C.
Launched, 6 September 1943
Commissioned USS Kephart (DE-207), 7 January 1944, LCDR. Irving H. Cammarn, USNR in command
Converted to a High-speed Transport and redesignated (APD-61), 5 July 1944
During World War II USS Kephart (APD-61) was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
TransDiv One Hundred Three, CDR. W. S. Parsons USN, and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
Ormoc Bay landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
|Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
Visayan Island landings, 25 and 30 March 1945
Mindoro landings, San Jose, 12 to 18 December 1944
Brunei Bay operation, 10 June 1945
Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 4 July 1945
|Manila Bay- Bicol operations
Grande Island - Subic Bay, 30 to 31 January 1945
Following World War II USS Kephart was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 13 September 1945||
|28 September to 2 October 1945||
|20 October to 12 November 1945||13 to 20 November 1945
|21 to 27 November 1945||
Decommissioned, 21 June 1946
Struck from the US Naval Register, 1 May 1967
Transferred (leased) to Republic of Korea, 16 May 1967, renamed ROKS Kyong Puk (PF-82)
Redesignated (APD-85) in 1972
Purchased outright by Republic of Korea, 15 November 1974
Renumbered (APD-826) in 1980
Redesignated (DE-826) in 1982
Struck by the Republic of Korea Navy, 30 April 1985
Final Disposition, broken up for scrap
USS Kephart earned five battle stars for World War II service.
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 Kephart (APD-61) detailed profile drawing.
||©John Robert Barrett
||USS Kephart (APD-61) off New York Navy Yard, 20 September 1944.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo #'s NH 91583 and NH 91582 Courtesy of A.D. Baker III
USS Kephart (APD-61)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Cammarn, Irving Hamblin, USNR :RADM||7 January 1944 - 19 June 1945||DE-207 / APD-61|
|02||LCDR. Matthews Jr., Robert Michael, USNR||19 June 1945 - 1946||APD-61|
|03||LTjg. Banner Jr., Roy James, USNR||1946 - April 1946||APD-61|
|04||LTjg. Quist, Robert Jonathan, USNR||April 1946 - 1 June 1946||APD-61|
|05||LT. McKee, Clarence Roy, USNR||1 June 1946 - 21 June 1946||APD-61|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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Last Updated 16 December 2016
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