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USS Crosley (APD-87)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Alpha - Alpha
NPAA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - 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, TransDiv One Hundred Three, CDR. W. S. Parsons USN and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific 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:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 29 March 19462 September 1945 to 29 March 1946

  • 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
  • Final Disposition, transferred to Ecuador as a power hulk, fate unknown
  • USS Crosley was awarded one battle star for World War II service
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,630 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
    12 Officers
    192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats four 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 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Propulsion
    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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    Crosley 144k
    Namesake

    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
    Bill Gonyo
    Cread 303k 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 1944. Scott Bergmann
    Crosley 172k USS Crosley (APD-87 at anchor, date and location unknown. Submitted by Ronald Lambe for William A. King, SoM2/c USS Kline

    USS Crosley (APD-87)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Trench, Archer William Patrick, USNR22 October 1944 - February 1946
    02LT. Tierney, William Joseph, USNRFebruary 1946 - August 1946
    03ENS. Walker, Frank Thaddeus, USNRAugust 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
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