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USS Walter B. Cobb (APD-106)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 15 January 1944, as (DE-596), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham, MA.
Launched, 23 February 1944
Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
Commissioned USS Walter B. Cobb (APD-106), 25 April 1945, LCDR. R. E. Parker, USNR, in command
Decommissioned, 29 March 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
Following World War II USS Walter B. Cobb was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 to 23 September 1945
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Mayport FL.
Recommissioned, 6 February 1951, LCDR. William D. Craig, USNR, in command
USS Warlter B. Cobb was assigned to Occupation service in the European area for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|14 September 1951 to 29 January 1952
|20 January to 17 May 1954
Decommissioned, 15 May 1957, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 January 1966
Transferred to the Republic of China, 22 February 1966
Final Disposition sunk by collision while under tow to Taiwan, 21 April 1966
Displacement 1,400 t.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Complement 12-15 Officers, 189-192 Enlisted
Troop Accommodations 12 Officers, 150 Enlisted
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
6 1/4-ton trucks
2 1-ton trucks
4 ammunition carts
4 pack howitzers
Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
1 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
3 twin 40 mm gun mounts
6 single 20 mm gun mounts
2 depth charge tracks
2 Combustion Engineering "D" Express type boilers
2 GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
2 shafts, Shaft horsepower 12,000
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||USS Walter B. Cobb (APD-106) underway in the harbor at Malta, 1951.
||James G. Plough
||USS Walter B. Cobb (APD-106) moored to a buoy off Long Beach, CA., 1955.
US Navy photo
|James G. Plough
||USS Walter B. Cobb (APD-106) moored to a buoy, circa 1950s, location unknown.
USS Walter B. Cobb (APD-106)
DANFS entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information on the Internet
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
U.S.S. Walter B. Cobb Web Page
A Personal History by Ken Adams, RM2/c
The Great Atlantic Hurricane September 1944 by Ken Adams, RM2/c, courtesy Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 4 January 2013
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|