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USS Rednour (APD-102)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Oscar - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - 27 May 1945, Okinawa)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Hearts (3-KIA, 13-WIA, Okinawa, 27 May 1945)

USS Rednour (APD-102) was transferred to Mexico, renamed ARM Chihuahua (B-06)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 30 December 1943, as Rednour (DE-592), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 12 February 1944
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Rednour (APD-102), 30 December 1944, LCDR Roland H. Cramer, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Rednour 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 April to 14 June 1945

  • Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, FL, 24 July 1946
  • Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Towed later to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1967
  • USS Rednour earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to Mexico in December 1969, renamed ARM Chihuahua (B-06)
  • Renamed ARM José María Morelos y Pavón in 1994
  • Name later restored to Chihuahua with the new pennant number of E20
  • Stricken from the Mexican Navy, 16 July 2001
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    USS Rednour (APD-102)
    Rednour 245k Bows on view of USS Rednour (APD-102) off Boston Navy Yard, circa 5 to 18 January 1945, wearing camouflage scheme MS31/20l. The vertical colors should be dull black, navy green, ocean green, haze green and brown. Rednour had been converted from DE to APD, beginning five months after her 12 February 1944 launching.
    US National Archives Bureau of Ships, Photo No. 85924, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, (
    Mike Green
    Rednour 21k Port and Starboard broadside views of USS Rednour (APD-102) under way off the Atlantic coast, 20 February 1945, Rednour was acting as escort for USS Shelby (APA-105) while enroute from Norfolk, VA. to Melville, R.I.
    Starboard broadside view is US National Archives photo # 80-G-384565 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    USS Rednour (APD-102)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR/CDR. Cramer, Roland Hans, USNR30 December 1944 - 27 August 1945
    02LCDR. Strickland Jr., Thomas Donald, USNR27 August 1945 - 25 September 1945
    03LT. Franklin, Harry Banks, USNR25 September 1945 - 8 December 1945
    04LTjg. Gibbs, Marston B., USNR (temporary)8 December 1945 - 28 December 1945
    05LT/LCDR. Slabaugh, James Ross, USNR28 December 1945 - 24 July 1946
    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
    Commissioning Program
    Ships' Log - 30 December 1944 to 6 October 1945

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