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USS Lloyd (APD-63)
USS Lloyd (DE-209) (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Juliet - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 12 to 15 January 1945)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extnede) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp)
Fourth Row - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 26 July 1943, as Lloyd (DE-209), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston S.C.
  • Launched, 23 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS Lloyd (DE-209), 11 February 1944, LCDR. Peter N. Gammelgard USNR in command
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia PA.
  • Redesignated (APD-63), 5 July 1944
  • During World War II USS Lloyd (DE-209) was first assigned to convoy duty in the American and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters and later as High-speed Transport APD-63 to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Palawan Islands landing, 28 February 1945
    Visayan Island landings, 26 to 27 March 1945
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
    Borneo operation
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 June 1945
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 4 July 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Zambales-Subic Bay landing, 29 to 31 January 1945

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Lloyd (APD-63) was under the command of:
    TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short, USN;
    TransDiv One Hundred Three, CDR. W. S. Parsons USN
  • Following World War II USS Lloyd was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    (Asia) 2 to 13 September 1945 
    (Asia) 24 September to 8 October 1945 
    (Asia) 1 to 27 November 19451 to 27 November 1945
    (Europe) 3 May to 8 October 1952 

  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Recommissioned, 3 January 1951, LCDR. A. A. Sullivan in command
  • Following recommissioning USS Lloyd was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 3 May to 8 October 1952
  • Decommissioned, 18 February 1958 at Charleston S.C.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register. 1 June 1966
  • USS Lloyd (APD-63) earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 March 1968, to Southern Scrap Material Co., New Orleans, LA., for $30,000
    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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    Lloyd 136k USS Lloyd (APD-63) detailed profile drawing. ©John Robert Barrett
    Lloyd 231k USS Lloyd (APD-63) under way off Philadelphia Navy Yard, 15 September 1944. US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 92289, Courtesy of Frank Ankowski, 1981 Mike Green
    Lloyd 42k USS Lloyd (APD-63) under way, probably off Philadelphia Navy Yard in September 1944. David Girt
    Lloyd 45k USS Lloyd (APD-63) under way, probably off Philadelphia Navy Yard in September 1944. Nick Tiberio
    Lloyd 53k USS Lloyd (APD-63) under way, probably off Philadelphia Navy Yard in September 1944. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Lloyd 70k USS Lloyd (APD-63) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Lloyd 21k USS Lloyd (APD-63) under way, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Lloyd 158k USS Lloyd (APD-63) secured to a mooring buoy in Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, circa 1953.
    Photo A. & J. Pavia.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Lloyd (APD-63)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Gammelgard, Peter Norris, USNR11 February 1944 - 24 April 1945DE-209 / APD-63
    02LCDR. Taylor, William Robert, USNR24 April 1945 - 12 March 1946APD-63
    03LTjg. Cragg, John William, USNR12 March 1946 - 1 June 1946APD-63
    04LTjg. De Lisle, Norman G., USNR1 June 1946 - 1 July 1946APD-63
     Decommissioned1 July 1946 - 3 January 1951 
    05LCDR. Sullivan, Arthur Dennis, USN (USNA 1942)3 January 1951 - ?APD-63
    06LCDR. Vaughen, William Lee.1951APD-63
    07LCDR. Gallagher, Bernard Franklin1956APD-63
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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