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USS Crosley (APD-87)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Alpha - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)- World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, as Crosley (DE-226), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
Launched 12 February 1944
Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, (APD-87), 17 July 1944, while under construction
Commissioned USS Crosley (APD-87), 22 October 1944, LCDR Archer W. P. Trench, USNR in command
During World War II USS Crosley was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short, USN;
TransDiv One Hundred Three CDR. W. S. Parsons USN and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 16 May 1945
Following World War II USS Crosley was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 15 November 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1960
USS Crosley earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, transferred to Ecuador as a power hulk, fate unknown
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September 1945 to 29 March 1946||2 September 1945 to 29 March 1946
Displacement 1,630 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 four 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 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40 mm gun mounts
six single 20 mm gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
two Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers, 435 PSI 750°
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
two shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000
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Walter Selywn Crosley, born 30 October 1871 in East Jeffrey, N.H., graduated from the Naval Academy 2 June 1893. During the Spanish-American War he distinguished himself by taking Leyden into the Bay of Nipe through a narrow channel which was supposedly mined. Under musket fire from shore, he discovered the Spanish gunboat Don Juan and engaged in a heated action until the remainder of the squadron came up and sank the enemy ship. He served as assistant naval attache in Russia and received the Navy Cross for conducting a party of Americans out of Russia under difficult and trying conditions in April 1917. He served as Navy Hydrographer, commanded organizations in the operating forces and naval districts, and was a member of the Navy General Board. Rear Admiral Crosley retired 1 November 1935, and died 6 January 1939 at Baltimore, Md.
Digital ID: ggbain 24269
Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
||Newspaper photo of Cread (DE-227) and Crosley (DE-226) ready for launching at Philadelphia Navy Yard the day before their scheduled launching on 12 February
||Philadelphia, PA (12 Feb 1944) Sponsors of the double launching of two Navy Destroyer-Escorts at the Philadelphia Nay Yard were Mrs.
Hilda Bergmann (Left), of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who christened the Cread (DE-227) in honor of her nephew Walter Irvin Cread, F2/C who was killed in action and
Mrs. Walter Selwyn Crosley, of Alexander, Virginia, widow of Rear Admiral Walter Crosley, who christened the Crosley (DE-226)
. Captain W.L. Beck,
Assistant Commander of the Fourth Naval District (Right) was the main speaker at the ceremonies.
Photo courtesy of the Acme News pictures.
||Port broadside view of USS Crosley (APD-87 anchored off Philadelphia Navy Yard, 30 October 1944.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 91584. Courtesy of A.D. Baker III.
|Submitted by Ronald Lambe for William A. King, SoM2/c USS Kline
||USS Crosley (APD-87 off Philadelphia Navy Yard, 30 October 1944.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #'s NH 91587 and NH 91585. Courtesy of A.D. Baker III.
USS Crosley (APD-87)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Trench, Archer William Patrick, USNR||22 October 1944 - 10 January 1946|
|02||LT. Tierney, William Joseph, USNR||10 January 1946 - 1 September 1946|
|03||ENS. Walker, Frank Thaddeus, USNR||1 September 1946 - 15 November 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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