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USS Pavlic (APD-70)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Alpha - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, off Okinawa, 27 to 29 May 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Amesbury Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down 21 September 1943 as (DE-669), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Dravo Corp, Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched 10 December 1943
Redesignated (APD-70), 27 June 1944
Ferried to Orange, TX. for fitting out as a High-speed Transport
Commissioned USS Pavlic (APD-70), 29 December 1944 at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX., LCDR. C. V. Allen, USNR, in command.
During World War II USS Pavlic was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 May to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS Pavic was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 16 April 1946
Decommissioned 15 November 1946 at Green Cove Springs FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Struck form the Naval Register 1 April 1967
Final Disposition, sold to North American Smelting Co., 1 July 1968 for scrapping
USS Pavlic received one battle star for World War II service.
Displacement 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' (oa)
Draft 13' 6" (max)
Speed 23.6 kts
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats four LCVP landing craft
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
NSFO 2,216 Bbls
Diesel 93 Bbls
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
two "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
two shafts, 12,000shp
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Milton Frank Pavlic was born in Trieste, Italy, 27 December 1909 but spent his youth in Rittman, Ohio. In 1927 started his academic career at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio as a pre-med major, however, patriotic calling drew him to the Navy after his first year since it seemed more fun to break bones then to mend them. Peter was appointed Midshipman 25 June 1928, and commissioned Ensign 2 June 1932, and Lieutenant Commander 15 June 1942. He served in New York, Mississippi, Tracy, Melville, and Barney. From 17 June 1940 to 9 March 1942, he served at the Naval Academy; then helped fit out South Dakota and was on board the battleship when she commissioned 20 March 1942. South Dakota sailed to the Pacific and fought in the Santa Cruz Islands, and at Guadalcanal. In the fierce Naval Battle off Guadalcanal early on 15 November, South Dakota’s Task Force engaged a force of Japanese warships. She was badly damaged in the action. Lt. Comdr. Pavlic died in the battle and posthumously was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
Photo form the United States Naval Academy "Lucky Bag Yearbook - Class of 1932"
||PCU Pavlic (DE-699) launching, 10 December 1943, at Dravo Corp, Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
||USS Pavlic (APD-70) alongside USS Lanier (APA-125) during refueling operations, date and location unknown.
||Russ Padden, from the USS Lanier (APA-125) cruise book
||USS Pavlic (APD-70) at anchor in San Diego Bay, mid-1946, following her return from occupation duty in Japan
||Steven Walker for his father
LTjg Hallam Walker, USNR USS Pavlic
USS Pavlic (APD-70)
DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Allen, Charles Vern||29 December 1944 - 1945|
|02||LT. Keeley, Warner||1945 - 1946|
|03||LCDR. Melusky, Thomas Andrew||1946 - 15 November 1946|
|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
USS Pavlic APD 70
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 9 September 2011
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