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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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USS Kirwin (LPR-90)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Kirwin (APD-90) (1945 - 1969)
November - Xray - Foxtrot - Golf
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Iceland (S)ierra - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 14 February 1944, as Kirwin (DE-229), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
Launched, 15 June 1944
Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
Commissioned USS Kirwin (APD-90), 4 November 1945, LCDR. Lloyd G. Benson, USNR, in command
Decommissioned, 6 April 1946
Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
Recommissioned, 15 January 1965
Decommissioned, 16 December 1968 at Orange TX.
Laid up in Reserve Fleet at Orange, TX.
Designation changed to Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR-90), 1 January 1969
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1974
Final Disposition, sold 11 August 1975 for scrapping to J. R. Steel Inc., Houston, TX., for $79,002
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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LTjg. John Joseph Kirwin, USN was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions aboard
USS Savannah (CL-42) in September 1943, during which he lost his life.
DE-229 / APD-190 is named in his honor
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 86081
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||Kirwin (DE-229) (left) and Ruchamkin (DE-228) (right) dual launching, 15 June 1944, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
||USS Kirwin (APD-90) at anchor in 1968, location unknown.
||"Carib 1-68 Patrol" Caribbean Ready Group steams in formation as it patrols the Caribbean Sea. Commanded by Capt. J.B. Drachnik, USN, Commander Amphibious Squadron Four. Homeported in Norfolk, Va., are: (l-r) Attack Cargo Ship, USS Rankin (AKA-103); Dock Landing Ship, USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30); Amphibious Assault Ship, USS Boxer (LPH-4); Tank Landing Ship, USS Graham County (LST-1176); and High Speed Transport, USS Kirwin (APD-90). Photographed by PH2 A.P. Gonthier, Jr. US Navy photo # NH 97284.
||US Naval Historical Center
||USS Kirwin (APD-90) underway in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 25 October 1965.
US National Archives Photo # USN 1120113, now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
USS Kirwin (APD-90 / LPR-90)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Benson, Lloyd George, USNR||3 November 1945 - 1 January 1946|
|02||LCDR. Tucker Jr., Harry Vincent, USNR||1 January 1946 - 16 February 1946|
|03||LT. Murray, Arthur Michael, USNR||16 February 1946 - March 1946|
|04||LTjg. Eschen, James Charles, USNR||March 1946 - 6 April 1946|
| ||Decommissioned||6 April 1946 - 15 January 1965|
|05||LCDR. Cotten Jr., Thomas Randolph||15 January 1965 - July 1966|
|06||LCDR. Cross, Charles Himrod, USN||July 1968|
|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
"1941 Lucky Bag" - LT. John J. Kirwin Biography and Navy Cross Citation
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