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USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Alpha - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117) was transferred to Mexico and renamed ARM Tehuantupec (B05)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 8 November 1943, as Joseph M. Auman (DE-674), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Consolidated Steel Shipbuilding Corp, Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 5 February 1944
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
  • Commissioned USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117), 25 April 1945, LCDR. Harry A. Steinbach, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Joseph M. Auman was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Joseph M. Auman was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 20 September 19454 to 19 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 10 July 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 September 1963
  • Transferred to Mexico, 12 December 1963, renamed ARM Tehuantupec (B05)
  • Final Disposition, struck from the Mexican Navy 1989 and sold for scrapping
    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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    USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117
    Auman 118k USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117), broadside view, builders photo, 30 April 1944, under way off the Texas coast, 30 April 1945, five days after commissioning. She is painted in a Camouflage Measure 31 or 32 design. Courtesy of John C. Reilly, Jr. US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH NH 92058, courtesy of John C. Reilly, Jr. George A. Hill MM2/c USNR WWII Ships Company
    Auman 113k Joseph M. Auman (APD-117), 45 degrees off the bow view, builders photo, 30 April 1944, off Orange TX., a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. George A. Hill MM2/c USNR WWII Ships Company
    Auman 97k USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117), 135 degree off the bow view, builders photo, 30 April 1944, off Orange, TX., A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. George A. Hill MM2/c USNR WWII Ships Company
    Auman 27k USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117), moored at Shanghai, China, 4 December 1945. Carolyn Nicastro
    ARM Tehuantupec (B05)
    Auman 280k Ex-USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117) in Mexican naval service as the escort vessel ARM Tehuantupec (B05) and the Mexican navy LST ARM Manzanillo (A02) (ex-USS Clearwater County (LST-602)) at anchor in the harbor at Acapulco Mexico in the late 1970s. Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine

    USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Steinbach, Henry Albert, USNR25 April 1945 - 27 October 1945
    02LT. Tylander, William Harold, USNR27 October 1945 - 9 January 1946
    03LCDR.Weyll Jr., Charles Edward, USNR9 January 1946 - 29 January 1946
    04LCDR. Rauch Jr., Francis Bernard, USNR29 January 1946 - 5 June 1946
    05LTjg. Anders Jr., Walter Lewis, USNR5 June 1946 - 10 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Contact Name: George A. Hill
    Address: 4948 North 6th. Street. Minneapolis, MN. 55430-3648
    Phone:(612) 521-8946

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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