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USS Ringness (LPR-100)
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USS Ringness (APD-100) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Papa - Quebec
NTPQ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (27 April 1945) - 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, 23 December 1943, as Ringness (DE-590), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 5 February 1944
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Ringness (APD-100), 25 October 1944, LCDR. William C. Meyer, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Ringness was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred-Three, CDR. W. S. Parsons USN, and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 31 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS Ringness 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 to 7 October 19458 October 1945 to 30 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 5 June 1946, at the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Transferred to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk VA. Group in 1959
  • Transferred to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX. in 1965
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR-100), 1 July 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1974
  • Sold for scrapping 1 July 1975
  • USS Ringness earned 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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    Ringness 278k USS Ringness (APD-100) launching, 5 February 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc, Hingham, MA. Bonnie G. Meyer, daughter of Capt. Wm C. Meyer USN Ret.
    Ringness 349k Invitation to the Commissioning ceremony of USS Ringness (APD-100) to be held at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA. on 21 October 1944 at 1630 hours. (Actual commissioning date was 25 October 1944.)
    US Navy photo from the collection of Capt. Wm C. Meyer. USN Ret. CO USS Ringness
    Bonnie G. Meyer, daughter of Capt. Wm C. Meyer USN Ret.
    Ringness 292k USS Ringness (APD-100) Commissioning ceremony, 25 October 1944, at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
    US Navy photos from the collection of Capt. Wm C. Meyer. USN Ret. CO USS Ringness
    Bonnie G. Meyer, daughter of Capt. Wm C. Meyer USN Ret.
    Ringness 279k
    Ringness 277k
    Ringness 281k
    Ringness 290k
    Ringness 125k Debris retrieved by USS Ringness (APD-100) after submarine attack, 27 April 1945, while the ship was enroute from Saipan to Okinawa.
    US Navy photos from the collection of Capt. Wm C. Meyer. USN Ret. CO USS Ringness
    Bonnie G. Meyer, daughter of Capt. Wm C. Meyer USN Ret.
    Ringness 147k Casualties from USS Evans (DD-552) are brought aboard USS PCER-855 from USS Ringness (APD-100), after USS Evans was damaged by Kamikaze attacks while on radar picket duty off Okinawa on 11 May 1945. Photographed from on board USS PCER-855.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-331077, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.

    Also of note, on 3 August 1945, Ringness rescued the 39 survivors of USS Indianapolis (CA-35) including her Commanding Officer CAPT. Charles B. McVay III, USN.

    Fred Weiss
    Ringness 88k USS Ringness (APD-100) wardroom officers, 15 May 1945. Cake was to celebration LCDR. Meyer's birthday.
    US Navy photos from the collection of Capt. Wm C. Meyer. USN Ret. CO USS Ringness
    Bonnie G. Meyer, daughter of Capt. Wm C. Meyer USN Ret.
    Ringness 46k USS Ringness (APD-100) probably entering the harbor at San Pedro, CA., 23 February 1946, upon returning from service in the Far East. Note the "Homeward Bound" pennant flying from the main mast.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH73857 .
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ringness 244k Portrait of USS Ringness (APD-100) commissioned by LCDR Meyer while the ship was engaged in China Service. Artist unknown. Bonnie G. Meyer, daughter of Capt. Wm C. Meyer USN Ret.
    Ringness 176k USS Ringness (APD-100) officers, Tsingtao, China, 24 January 1946.
    Top Row, left to right: LTjg. Ken Stretch, LTjg.Dundas, LCDR. Meyer and LTjg. Correll,
    Front Row, left to right: LTjg. Jim Holland, LT. Ben Ruttenburg, LTjg. Doty, ENS. Littman
    Bonnie G. Meyer, daughter of Capt. Wm C. Meyer USN Ret.
    Ringness 212k USS Ringness (APD-100) getting under way at Tsingtao, China, 29 January 1945, "HOMEWARD BOUND."
    Note USS LSM-339 in the background
    Bonnie G. Meyer, daughter of Capt. Wm C. Meyer USN Ret.
    Ringness 172k
    Ringness 162k USS Ringness (APD-100) anchored at at Long Beach, CA., 24 February 1946. Bonnie G. Meyer, daughter of Capt. Wm C. Meyer USN Ret.
    Ringness 207k USS Ringness (APD-100) moors at Green Cove Springs, FL. for final inactivation and "moth balling", 15 April 1946 Bonnie G. Meyer, daughter of Capt. Wm C. Meyer USN Ret.

    USS Ringness (APD-100) Neptune Party - Crossing the Equator, 7 March 1945, 179 Pollwogs

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    USS Ringness (APD / LPR-100)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR, Meyer, William Claire, USNR25 October 1944 - 5 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Reunion Contact Information
    Contact: Roy L. McLendon, Jr.
    Address: 1953 Shady Oaks Drive, Tallahassee, FL. 32303
    Phone: (850) 562-5417
    E-mail: McLendon76@aol.com USS Ringness (APD-100) Reunion Information

    Navy Cross Citation for LT. Henry Raymond Ringness (MC) USN
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    History of USS Ringness by CAPT. William C. Meyer, USN (Ret)
    Narrative of Attack by U.S.S. Ringness (APD-100) on Japanese Submarine
    Undated Navy Cross Citation and crew list
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