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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.
    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
    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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    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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