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DE-603 / APD-113 Earheart
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
USS Earheart (APD-113) was transferred to Mexico and renamed ARM Papaloapan (B-4)
Crosley Class High-speed Transport
Laid down, 20 March 1945, as DE-603, a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham MA.
Redesignated Crosley Class High-speed Transport APD-113 while under construction
Launched, 12 May 1945
Commissioned USS Earheart (APD-113), 26 July 1945
Decommissioned, 29 April 1946
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, St. Johns River
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 December 1963 and transferred to Mexico 12 December 1963
Commissioned in to the Mexican Navy as ARM H-4
Reclassified a destroyer escort in 1964 and renamed ARM Papaloapan (B-4)
Papaloapan ran aground in 1976
Final Disposition, discarded by the Mexican Navy and scrapped 1976
Displacement 1,400 t.
Length 306' ovl.
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.
Armament one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, three twin 40 mm gun mounts, six single 20 mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks
Propulsion 2 Foster-Wheeler "D" Express type boilers, 2 GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive), 2 shafts, Shaft horsepower 12,000
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||Ex-Earheart (APD-113) in Mexican service as ARM Papaloapan (B-4) underway, circa 1966, location unknown.
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 15 December 2006
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