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USS Walter S Gorka (APD-114)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Uniform - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
USS Walter S. Gorka (APD-114) was transferred to Ecuador
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 3 April 1945, as Walter S Gorka (DE-604), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham MA.
Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
Launched 26 May 1945
Commissioned USS Walter S Gorka (APD-114), 7 August 1945, CDR. Richard G. Werner, USNR, in command
Decommissioned in January 1947 at Green Cove Springs FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, Florida Group
Struck from the Naval Register 1 June 1960
Transferred to Ecuador August 1961 for use as a power hulk
Displacement 1,630 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats four LCVP landing craft
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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||USS Walter S. Gorka (APD-114) and USS Hunter Marshall (APD-112) laid up in reserve while moored in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Fl., date unknown.
Photo courtesy of th State Archives of Florida.
USS Walter S. Gorka (APD-114)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Werner, Richard Gordon, USNR||7 August 1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 21 March 2014
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