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USS John P. Gray (APD-74)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Alpha - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 18 December 1943, as John P. Gray (DE-673), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched 18 March 1944
Redesignated (APD-74), 27 June 1944
Towed to Orange, TX. for fitting out as a High-speed Transport
Commissioned, USS John P. Gray (APD-74), 15 March 1945, at Consolidated Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX., LCDR. William E. Sims in command
During World War II USS John P. Gray was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred Seven, CAPT. N. E. Miller USN
Following World War II USS John P. Gray was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 3 to 20 September 1945
Decommissioned 29 May 1946 at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
Struck form the Naval Register, 1 March 1967
Final Disposition, sold 3 September 1968, for scrapping
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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||Launching of John P. Gray (DE-673) at Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh, PA., 18 December 1943. Photo # BS 62430.
USS John P. Gray (APD-74)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Sims, William Everett, USNR||15 March 1945 - 5 March 1946|
|02||LT. Heaton, Clair William, USNR||5 March 1946 - 29 May 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
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 30 June 2017
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