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USS Runels (APD-85)
USS Runels (DE-793) (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
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.
    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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    Runels 136k USS Runels (APD-85) detailed profile drawing. ©John Robert Barrett
    Runels 118k 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)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Claudius, Herbert Gordon, USNR3 January 1944 - 28 February 1945DE-793 /APD-85
    02LT. Hamlin, Barnett, USNR28 February 1945 - 26 September 1945APD-85
    03LCDR. Sheppard, Charles Paul, USNR26 September 1945 - 20 January 1947APD-85
    04LTjg. Stickland, Jack Parker20 January 1947 - 10 February 1947APD-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
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