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USS Kinzer (APD-91)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Golf - Papa
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 Medal (with Asia Clasp)
USS Kinzer (APD-91) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Yu Shan (PF-44)
Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 9 September 1943, as (DE-232) a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 9 December 1943
Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
Commissioned USS Kinzer (APD-91), 1 November 1944, LT. Richard C. Young, USNR, in command
During World War II Kinzer was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 18 December 1946, at San Diego, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 April 1965
Sold to Taiwan, 21 April 1965, under terms of the Military Assistance Program, renamed ROCS Yu Shan (PF-44)
Pennant number changed to PF-32 and later to 826, then 832
Last know disposition as of 1998, active in the Taiwan Navy as a Fisheries Patrol Vessel
Kinzer received one battle star for service in World War II
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March (pre-invasion) to 30 June 1945
Displacement 1,400 t.
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Boats 4 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
2 Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers
2 GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
2 shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000
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||USS Kinzer (APD-91) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Jimmie Wilkerson for Junie Olaphant, 1945-46 USS Kinzer
||USS Kinzer (APD-91) and USS LCI(M)-632 moored in the ice
at Chingwangtao, China, February 1946. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The
Elsie Item" March 2002 issue, courtesy of Robert M. Norris, USS LCI(M) 631).
| ROCS Yu Shan ( PF-32)
||Ex-USS Kinzer (APD-91) in the Republic of China service as ROCS Yu Shan (PF-32) underway, off Taiwan in 1974.
||Courtesy, Karsten Petersen, SAILOR - on the blue path of the World web site
View the USS Kinzer (APD-91)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
View the USS Kinzer (APD-91) History eyewitness account by Graham S. Smith, CTRCS USN, Ret.
View the USS Kinzer (APD-91) History eyewitness account by Gilbert E. Wyatt SM1/c USN
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Fleet Reserve Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 29 August 2008
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