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USS Walsh (APD-111)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 27 February 1945, as Walsh (DE-601), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort. at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham MA.
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
  • Launched 28 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Walsh (APD-111), 11 July 1945, LCDR Philip J. Tiffany, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned 25 April 1946 at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Transferred to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1966
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in July 1968 to Southern Scrap Material, New Orleans, LA.
    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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    128k Mrs. John J. Walsh, ship's sponsor, at the launching ceremony of Walsh (APD-111) at Hingham, MA., Saturday, 28 April 1945.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-86212, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Smolinski
    121k Spectators at the launching ceremony of Walsh (APD-111), at Hingham, MA., on Saturday, 28 April 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 74683
    Mike Smolinski
    Walsh 168k Walsh (APD-111) sponsor's party at the ship's launching ceremony, at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, MA., 28 April 1945. The sponsor, Mrs. Walsh, is second from right in the front row.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 74682.
    Robert Hurst
    Walsh 268k Walsh (APD-111) moored pierside at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, 5 July 1945, wearing camouflage scheme MS31/5l. The ship is finishing her fitting out phase and will be commissioned in six days (11 July 1945). The vertical colors should be dull black, navy green, ocean green, haze green and brown. Walsh was converted from a DE to an APD while under construction at the yard.
    US National Archives Bureau of Ships, Photo No. 85924, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, (
    Mike Green
    75k USS Walsh (APD-111) commissioning ceremony, 11 July 1945, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. Moored astern of Walsh is Hunter Marshall (APD-112).
    Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. Photo #'s:
    Hull 3201-F-12
    , Walsh family members and LCDR. P.J. Tiffany, USNR, Walsh Commanding Officer
    Hull 3201-F-4, LCDR. P.J. Tiffany reading his orders and assumes command of the ship
    Hull 3201-F-11, Commissioning ceremony guests
    Hull 3201-F-9, Chaplain offers a Benediction
    Hull 3201-F-14 Ship's Company
    Hull 3201-F-3 Supervisor of Shipbuilding addresses the crew
    Anita Tiffany Dunford
    29k Invitation to USS Walsh (APD-111) wardroom guests to attend a reception at the Hingham BOQ after the commissioning ceremony has concluded. Anita Tiffany Dunford
    312k Artist E.G. Lewis"s (1945) rendition of USS Walsh (APD-111) underway. Anita Tiffany Dunford

    USS Walsh (APD-111)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Tiffany, Philip Jarrot, USNR11 July 1945 - 19 November 1945
    02LTjg. Bager, Thomas Edwin, USN19 November 1945 - 25 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Navy Cross Citation for Lieutenant, Junior Grade Patrick Joseph Walsh, United States Naval Reserve
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Walsh (APD-111) Commissioning Program
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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