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USS Gosselin (APD-126)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Romeo - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive Okinawa) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down as (DE-710), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City Mi.
  • Launched, 17 February 1944
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
  • Commissioned USS Gosselin (APD-126), 31 December 1944, LCDR. Joseph B. Fyffe in command
  • During World War II USS Gosselin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred Five, CAPT. J. M. Kennaday USN and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 to 28 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Gosselin 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 16 December 194514 August 1946 to 18 February 1949
    13 September to 25 October 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 11 July 1949, at San Diego
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1964
  • USS Gosselin earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 March 1965
    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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    Gosselin 50k USS Gosselin (APD-126) Commissioning Program, for 31 December 1944 at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City Mi. H. F. "Chief" Mills S1c (Signalman) USN USS Gosselin, Courtesy David P Counts
    Gosselin 249k Port bow view of USS Gosselin (APD-126) under way near her builders yard, DeFoe Shipyard in Bay City, Michigan, date unknown. Gosselin is wearing camouflage Measure 31/20l. The vertical colors should be dull black, navy green, ocean green, haze green and brown.
    US National Archives, Photo # 19-LCM-APD126-1, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,
    Mike Green
    Gosselin 75k USS Gosselin (APD-126) under way, date and location unknown. US Naval Institute photo submitted by David P Counts
    Gosselin 29k USS Gosselin (APD-126) at anchor, date and location unknown. H. F. "Chief" Mills S1c (Signalman) USN USS Gosselin, Courtesy David P Counts
    Gosselin 274k USS Gosselin (APD-126) docked in ARD-32 at Mare Island, 12 February 1946. Note YF-985 & YF-986 are on the ways to the right.
    US Navy photo, courtesy Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Gosselin 132k Aft plan view of USS Gosselin (APD-126) outboard of USS Rudderow (DE-224) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 7 March 1946. Gosselin was in overhaul at the yard from 10 January to 8 March 1946.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1007-46
    Darryl Baker
    Gosselin 119k Forward plan view of USS Gosselin (APD-126) outboard of USS Rudderow (DE-224) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 7 March 1946.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1009-46
    Darryl Baker

    USS Gosselin (APD-126)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Fyffe, Joseph B.31 December 1944 - 2 December 1945?
    02LCDR. Behan Jr., Joseph Nicholson, USN (USNA 1942)2 December 1945 - March 1947
    04LCDR. Bradway Jr., William SamuelJune 1948 - June 1949
    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
    USS Gosselin (APD-126)
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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