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USS Runels (APD-85)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Runels (DE-793) (1944 - 1945)
November - Zulu - Juliet - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
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, 7 June 1943, as Runels (DE-793), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Orange TX.
Launched, 4 September 1943
Commissioned USS Runels (DE-793), 3 January 1944, LCDR. Herbert G. Claudius, USNR in command
During World War II USS Runels (DE-793) was assigned to the Atlantic and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters for convoy duty and participated in the following campaign
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at New York
Redesignated (APD-85), 24 January 1945
Following conversion to a High-speed Transport USS Runels (APD-85) was assigned to the Asiatic Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Runels was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 10 April 1946
Decommissioned, 10 February 1947, at Mayport FL.
Assigned to the Mayport FL. Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1960
USS Runels (DE-793) earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 July 1961, to Portsmouth Salvage Co., Portsmouth VA.
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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||USS Runels (APD-85) detailed profile drawing.
||©John Robert Barrett
||USS Runels (APD-85) on station off the coast of Japan, 28 August 1945. Photo by James Ray Cannon USS William J. Pattison
USS Runels (DE-793 / APD-85)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Claudius, Herbert Gordon, USNR||3 January 1944 - 28 February 1945||DE-793 /APD-85|
|02||LT. Hamlin, Barnett, USNR||28 February 1945 - 26 September 1945||APD-85|
|03||LCDR. Sheppard, Charles Paul, USNR||26 September 1945 - 20 january 1947||APD-85|
|04||LTjg. Stickland, Jack Parker||20 january 1947 - 10 February 1946||APD-85|
|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 14 March 2014
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