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USS Horace A. Bass (LPR-124)
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USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) (1944 - 1968)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - kilo - Zulu - Bravo
NKZB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (30 July 1945 - Okinawa) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (6) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Personal Awards

Purple Heart (16-WIA, 30 July 1945, Okinawa

Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 3 August 1944, as Horace A. Bass (DE-691), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem Steel Co. Quincy, MA.
  • Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
  • Launched, 12 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124), 21 December 1944, LCDR. Frederick W. Kuhn, in command
  • During World War II USS Horace A. Bass was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred Five, CAPT. J. M. Kennaday USN, and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 6 to 10 April, 25 April to 30 June 1945
    Attack and sinking of submarine IJN RO-109, 25 April 1945

  • During the Korean War USS Horace A. Bass participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    8 September to 2 November 1959
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    27 November 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    4 November 1950 to 23 January 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    28 November to 5 December 1951
    7 to 22 December 1951
    9 to 13 and 20 to 25 January 1952
    1 to 4 and 29 to 30 February 1952
    19 to 30 April 1952
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 16 September 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 to 5 May 1952
    30 May to 13 June 1952
    10 to 25 June 1952

  • During her service as part of the Pacific Fleet USS Horace A. Bass was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 13 June 19465 March to 30 July 1947
     15 July to 1 December 1948
     29 November to 28 December 1949
     11 to 17 May 1950
     30 January to 13 February 1955

  • Decommissioned, 9 February 1959, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange.
  • Recommissioned, date unknown
  • Designation changed to Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR-124). 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 30 July 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1974
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 August 1975, to J. R. Steel, Inc., Houston, TX. for $79,002
  • USS Horace A Bass earned two battle stars for World War II service and six battle stars for Korean War service
    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.
    Complement
    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
    Storage
    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
    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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    Horace A. Bass 2592k USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    Horace A. Bass 22k USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Horace A. Bass 65k USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) alongside the battleship HIJNS Nagato, at Yokosuka, Japan in August 1945. Robert Hurst
    Hollis 75k USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) moored alongside the Japanese battleship HIJNS Nagato at Nagaura-ko, Yokosuka, Japan, 30 August 1945. Cathy Petersen for James Ray Cannon USS William J. Pattison
    Horace A Bass 42k USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Lipan 522k USS Horace A. Mann (APD-124) moored inboard of USS Lipan (ATF-85) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 8 April 1946.
    US Naval Shipyard Mare Island photo.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Horace A. Bass 188k Aft plan view of USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) at Mare Island, 8 April 1946. She was in overhaul at the yard from 11 February to 10 April 1946. USS Lipan (ATF 85) is outboard while USS LSM-251 is inboard.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1436-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Horace A. Bass 114k Forward plan view of USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) at Mare Island, 8 April 1946. She was in overhaul at the yard from 11 February to 10 April 1946. USS Lipan (ATF 85) is outboard while USS LSM-251 is inboard.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1437-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Horace A. Bass 412k USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) underway, circa 1947, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Chris Wright
    Ed Zajkowski
    Horace A. Bass 610k USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) at anchor, 3 November 1947, near Philadelphia Navy Yard.
    Photo courtesy Chris Wright
    Ed Zajkowski
    Horace A. Bass 435k USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124) nested with an unidentified Destroyer Escort, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Scott Nelson for his grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Delta 292k USS Delta (AR-9) moored in the harbor at Sasebo, Japan in April 1955 while tending destroyers (inboard to outboard):
    USS McDermut (DD-677),
    USS Yarnell (DD-541),
    USS Tingey (DD-539),
    USS Boyd (DD-544), and
    USS Horace A. Bass (APD 124)
    Mike Cary for his father James H. Cary SFCM USN Ret. USS Delta

    USS Horace A Bass (APD / LPR-124)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Kuhn, Frederick Wilhelm21 December 1944 - August 1946
    02LCDR. Morgan, William AbrahamAugust 1946 - 2 July 1947
    03LCDR. Hines, Kenneth Washburn2 July 1947 - September 1948
    04LCDR. Holly, David ChunceySeptember 1948 - 1 August 1949
    05LCDR. Ray, Alan1 August 1949 - 12 May 1950
    06LCDR. Curran Jr., James Henryno dates
    07LTjg. Nieman, Ray CharlesSeptember 1948 - December 1948
    08LT. Brener, Charles BernardDecember 1948 - ?
    09LCDR. Lavrakas, Lefteris1952 - ?
    10LCDR. Hepfinger, William Joseph? - 1953
    11LCDR. Erickson, Ernest Oscar (Ernie)1954 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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