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USS Ruchamkin (LPR-89)
USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) (1945 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Alpha - Uniform
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Haywood (N)ovember - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968

USS Ruchamkin (LPR-89) was transferred to Colombia, renamed ARC Cordoba (DT-15)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Dominican Republic)

Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 14 February 1944, as Ruchamkin (DE-228), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 15 June 1944
  • Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
  • Commissioned USS Ruchamkin (APD-89), 16 September 1945, LCDR. Townsend U. Weeks, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 27 February 1946
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 9 March 1951
  • Decommissioned, 13 August 1957
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, South Boston Annex, Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA.
  • Recommissioned, 18 November 1961
  • FRAM II overhaul in November 1963
  • Designation changed to Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR-89), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 24 November 1969 and transferred to Colombia under the Security Assistance Program, for $156,820, commissioned ARC Cordoba (DT-15)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1977
  • Final Disposition, scrapped by Colombia circa 1980, hull and superstructure on display as an exhibit at the Colombian Naval Museum
    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.
    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
    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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    USS Ruchamkin (APD-89)
    Kirwin 37k Kirwin (DE-229) (left) and Ruchamkin (DE-228) (right) dual launching, 15 June 1944, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA. Mike Smolinski
    Ruchamkin 50k USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) at anchor off Cannes, France, in 1952 during the Cannes Film Festival. Don Karr USS Ruchamkin
    Ruchamkin 59k USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) moored pierside at Bari, Italy, 1952. Don Karr USS Ruchamkin
    Ruchamkin 81k Photo dated, 15 November 1952, one day after USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) had been rammed by SS Washington, a 10,000 ton tanker. Note major damage as a result of the collision.
    US Navy photo.
    Ruchamkin 61k Close up photo of USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) and accompanying ATF after Ruchamkin had been rammed by SS Washington. Scott McCoy
    Ruchamkin 60k Another close up photo of USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) showing clearly the extent of damage done to Ruchamkin. Scott McCoy
    Ruchamkin 232k Bow view from outboard to inboard; USS Ruchamkin (APD-89), USS Bordelon (DD-881) and USSEugene A. Greene (DD-711), moored in Best, France circa 1955. Paul's dad served aboard Ruchamkin. CPT. Paul D. Albertine, USA (Ret)
    Bordelon 162k Stern view from outboard to inboard; USS Ruchamkin (APD-89), USS Bordelon (DD-881), and USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711) moored pierside at Brest, France circa 1955. Marc Piché
    Ruchamkin 49k USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, South Boston Naval Annex, August 1960 © Richard Leonhardt
    Ruchamkin 223k USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) coming along side USS Rigel (AF-58) to receive stores, during Operation Steel Pike I, October 1964. Photo by Jim McCoy
    Ruchamkin 51k USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) under way, circa 1965, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Ruchamkin 115k USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) under way, circa 1965, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Ruchamkin 130k USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) under way showing her assault landing craft and single 5"/38 gun for supporting fire, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo and text from "The World Encyclopedia of Destroyers and Frigates" by Bernard Ireland.
    Robert Hurst
    Ruchamkin 66k USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Ruchamkin 147k USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) moored pierside at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA., Spring, 1969. Carey Smith Marietta, GA.
    ARC Cordoba (DT-15)
    Ruchamkin 53k Ex-USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) in the service of Colombia as ARC Cordoba (DT-15) moored at the Colombian Naval Base ARC Bolivar Sector B 1, at Cartagena , mid-1970s. Photo by LT (r) Luis B. Castro, Colombian Navy
    Ruchamkin 60k ARC Cordoba (DT-15) under way, in 1971, location unknown.
    Official Columbian navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Ruchamkin 85k Ex-ARC Cordoba (DT-15) on display as a naval exhibit in Jaime Duque Park, near Bogotá, Colombia, 13 September 2003. Photo by LT (r) Luis B. Castro, Colombian Navy
    Ruchamkin 69k
    Ruchamkin 75k
    Ruchamkin 67k
    Ruchamkin 75k
    Ruchamkin 1479k Ex-ARC Cordoba (DT-15) on display in the Jaime Duque Park, Tocancipá, Colombia, 16 April 2011. Robert Hurst

    USS Ruchamkin (APD-89 / LPD-89)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Weeks, Townsend Ulysses, USNR16 September 1945 - 15 December 1945
    02LTjg. Brinkerhoff, Alfred Quentin, USNR15 December 1945 - 27 February 1946
     Decommissioned27 February 1946 - 9 March 1951
     Decommissioned13 August 1957 - 18 November 1957
    03LCDR. Golfman, Peter Joseph18 November 1961 - July 1963
    04LCDR. Buchanan Jr., Alfred JohnJuly 1963 - 1964
    05LCDR. Sheehan Jr., William Francis1964 - October 1965
    06LCDR. Deal Jr., Walter Clarence (Jack)26 November 1966 - 1967
    07LCDR. Clynes, Charles Edward1967 - 1969
    08LCDR. Moore, Leonard M.1969 - 24 November 1969
    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
    USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) General Plans from the San Francisco Maritime Park Association
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