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USS Schmitt (APD-76)
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USS Schmitt (DE-676) (1943 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Yankee - Romeo
NKYR
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 (1)- World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS Schmitt (APD-76) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Lung Shan (PF-44)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort - Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 22 Feb 1943, as Schmitt (DE-676), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co, Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 29 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Schmitt (DE-676), 24 July 1943, LCDR. Thomas D. Cunningham in command
  • Converted to a High Speed Transport and redesignated (APD 76), 3 April 1945
  • During World War II USS Schmitt was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 21 June to 6 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS Schmitt was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 to 27 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1949
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1967
  • Transferred under the Military Assistance Program, to Taiwan, 24 February 1969, renamed ROCS Lung Shan (PF-44)
  • Final Disposition, struck by the Taiwanese Navy and broken up for scrap in 1976
  • USS Schmitt earned one battle star for her World War II service
    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.
    Complement
    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
    Storage
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    Schmitt 15k USS Schmitt (APD-76) underway in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1945. Peter Fernandez for his father LTjg Joseph A. Fernandez Jr. USS Schmitt
    Schmitt 83k USS Schmitt (APD-76) underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 9 April 1945, following conversion to a high-speed transport. She is painted in a Camouflage Measure 31 green color design.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-453445, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Tracy White
    Schmitt 108k USS Schmitt (APD-76) taking on ammo from USS Wasatch (AGC-9) at Morotai, date unknown. Peter Fernandez for his father LTjg Joseph A. Fernandez Jr. USS Schmitt
    Schmitt 75k USS Schmitt (APD-76) anchored at Sasebo, Japan, circa September 1945. Peter Fernandez for his father ">LTjg Joseph A. Fernandez Jr. USS Schmitt
    Schmitt 64k USS Schmitt (APD-76) lowering an LCPR while anchored at Sasebo, Japan, circa 20 September 1945. Peter Fernandez for his father LTjg Joseph A. Fernandez Jr. USS Schmitt
    Schmitt 69k USS Schmitt (APD-76) lowering an LCPR while anchored at Sasebo, Japan, circa 20 September 1945. Peter Fernandez for his father LTjg Joseph A. Fernandez Jr. USS Schmitt
    Schmitt 69k USS Schmitt (APD-76) at anchor, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Schmitt 44k USS Schmitt (APD-76) at anchor, date and location unknown. Peter Fernandez for his father LTjg Joseph A. Fernandez Jr. USS Schmitt

    USS Schmitt (APD-76)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Cunningham, Thomas Donald24 July 1943 - 29 November 1943DE-676
    02LT. Biddle, Nicholas, USNR29 November 1943 - 14 December 1944DE-676
    03LCDR. Melusky, Thomas Andrew, USNR14 December 1944 - 1 February 1946DE-676 / APD-76
    04LCDR. Seelig, James Joseph, USNR1 February 1946 - 1947APD-76
    05LT. Loomis, Robert James1947 - 28 June 1949APD-76
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Joseph A. Fernandez Photo Collection
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