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USS Jack C. Robinson (APD-72)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Yankee - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS Jack C. Robinson (APD-72) was transferred to Chile and renamed ACH Orella (APD-27)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down as, Jack C. Robinson (DE-671), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Dravo Corp. Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 8 January 1944
  • Redesignated (APD-72), 27 June 1944
  • Ferried to Orange, TX. for fitting out as a High-speed Transport
  • Commissioned USS Jack C. Robinson (APD-72), 2 February 1945, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX., LCDR. William W. Bowie USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Jack C. Robinson was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred Seven CAPT. N. E. Miller USN and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 to 19 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Jack C. Robinson was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 September to 17 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 December 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1966
  • USS Jack C. Robinson earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Moved to Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX. at a later date
  • Sold, 1 November 1967, to Chile under terms of the Military Assistance Program, renamed ACH Orella (APD-27)
  • Final Disposition, struck by the Chilean Navy and sold 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.
    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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    USS Jack C. Robinson (APD-72)
    Jack C. Robinson
    465k Starboard bow view and port broadside view of USS Jack C. Robinson (APD-72) at Orange, Texas, 2 February 1945 (Commissioning day) wearing camouflage measure 31/20l.
    US National Archives, Photo No.'s 80-G-306072 and 80-G-3060701 US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Jack C. Robinson
    ACH Orella (APD-27)
    Jack C. Robinson 45k Ex-USS Jack C. Robinson (APD-72) in the Republic of Chile service as ACH Orella (APD-27) underway, circa 1968, location unknown.
    Chile Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Jack C. Robinson 41k ACH Orella (APD-27) under way, circa 1970, location unknown.
    Chile Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Jack C. Robinson (APD-72)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Bowie, William Wilson, USNR2 February 1945 - November 1945
    02LCDR. Borg Jr., Charles Harry, USN (USNA 1942)November 1945 - October 1946
    03LT. Nagle, Charles Leo, USNOctober 1946 - 13 December 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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