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USS Knudson (LPR-101)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Knudson (APD-101) (1944 - 1969)
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:
|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 ||3 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.
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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||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.
||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
||USS Knudson (APD-101) underway, date and location unknown.
||Wayne J. Reynolds, PN3, USS Knudson, 1956-1957.
||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.
||USS Knudson (APD-101) underway off San Diego, date unknown.
A Ted Stone photo.
||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)
|01||LT. Sharp, Dudley Claremce, USNR||25 November 1944 - 28 October 1945|
|02||LCDR. Dunstan, Thomas Kempshall, USNR||28 February 1946 - 4 November 1946|
|03||LT. Carlin Jr., James Victor, USNR||28 October 1945 - 1 March 1946|
|04||LT. Carlin Jr., James Victor, USNR||28 October 1945 - 1 June 1946|
|05||LT. White, John Ashley, USN||1 June 1946 - 4 November 1946 |
| ||Decommissioned||4 November 1946 - 6 August 1953|
|06||LCDR. Roohan Jr., James Francis||6 August 1953 - 18 August 1955|
|07||LCDR. Smith, Robert Barr||18 August 1955 - 10 July 1957|
|08||LCDR. Sanders, Nelson Wendel||10 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
E-mail: Wayne J. Reynolds
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 30 June 2017
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