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USS Knudson (LPR-101)
USS Knudson (APD-101) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Alpha - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (26 March 1945 off Okinawa) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal
Fourth Row - Philippines Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 23 December 1943, as Knudson (DE-591), 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 Knudson (APD-101), 25 November 1944, LT. Dudley C. Sharp, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Knudson was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred-Four, CAPT. R. D. Williams USN (24), and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 March to 15 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Knudson was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    4 to 20 September 19453 to 10 March 1946
     9 to 16 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 4 November 1946, at San Pedro, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 6 August 1953, LCDR. James F. Roohan, Jr., in command
  • Decommissioned, 2 January 1958, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
  • Transferred, date unknown, to Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange TX.
  • Designation changed to Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR-101), 1 July 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 July 1972
  • USS Knudson earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 January 1975, for $62,261, to General Metals of Tacoma, Inc., Tacoma, WA.
    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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    Knudson 22k USS Knudson (APD-101) moored to a buoy in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, 4 March 1946 Randy Dale Owens for his father PO Delton Cordell Owens USS Knudson, 1944-1946.
    Knudson 276k Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, HI, 04 May 1945. USS Knudson (APD-101) is in background at extreme right. At the left: from left to right are USS Mustin (DD-413), USS Conyngham (DD-371), and USS Mugford (DD-389). All three were destined for Bikini Atoll and Atomic Bomb tests. Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, USS LSM-467, Collection, slide number 188
    Knudson 75k USS Knudson (APD-101) underway, date and location unknown. Wayne J. Reynolds, PN3, USS Knudson, 1956-1957.
    Knudson 88k Overhead view of USS Knudson (APD-101) underway, circa 1952, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2", by Peter Elliott.
    Robert Hurst
    Knudson 310k USS Knudson (APD-101) underway off San Diego, date unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo.
    Robert Hurst
    262k USS Knudson (APD-101), USS Curtiss (AV-4) and an unidentified fleet tug at Bikini Atoll in support of the Redwing Cherokee Hydrogen Bomb Test in May, 1956.
    Source: LIFE Magazine - J R Eyerman Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest.
    Mike Green
    Knudson 66k USS Knudson (APD-101) at NavSta Long Beach, CA., 16 March 1956. Wayne J. Reynolds, PN3, USS Knudson, 1956-1957.

    USS Knudson (APD / LPR-101)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sharp, Dudley Clarence, USNR25 November 1944 - 28 February 1945
    02LCDR. Dunstan, Thomas Kempshall, USNR28 February 1945 - 28 October 1945
    03LT. Carlin Jr., James Victor, USNR28 October 1945 - 1 March 1946
    04LT. Anderson, R. B., USNR1 March 1946 - 1 June 1946
    05LT. White, John Ashley, USN1 June 1946 - 4 November 1946
     Decommissioned4 November 1946 - 6 August 1953
    06LCDR. Roohan Jr., James Francis, USN6 August 1953 - 18 August 1955
    07LCDR. Smith, Robert Barr18 August 1955 - 10 July 1957
    08LCDR. Sanders, Nelson Wendel10 July 1957 - 2 January 1958
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Reunion Contact Information
    Contact: Wayne J. Reynolds
    Address: 1981 Tilburg Ave, Deltona, Fl., 32725
    Phone: 386-789-8612
    E-mail: Wayne J. Reynolds

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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