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USS Walter B. Cobb (APD-106)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - - Kilo
NKWK
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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.
    Length 306'
    Beam 37'
    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
    Troop Accoutrements
    6 1/4-ton trucks
    2 1-ton trucks
    4 ammunition carts
    4 pack howitzers
    Storage
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    Armament
    1 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    3 twin 40 mm gun mounts
    6 single 20 mm gun mounts
    2 depth charge tracks
    Propulsion
    2 Combustion Engineering "D" Express type boilers
    2 GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    2 shafts, Shaft horsepower 12,000

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    Walter B. Cobb 96k USS Walter B. Cobb (APD-106) underway in the harbor at Malta, 1951. James G. Plough
    Walter B. Cobb 77k USS Walter B. Cobb (APD-106) moored to a buoy off Long Beach, CA., 1955.
    US Navy photo
    James G. Plough
    Walter B. Cobb 32k USS Walter B. Cobb (APD-106) moored to a buoy, circa 1950s, location unknown. Robert Hurst

    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
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