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USS Begor (LPR-127)
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USS Begor (APD-127) (1945 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Echo - Alpha
NUEA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (5)
Third Row - Philippine Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 6 March 1944, as Begor (DE-711), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City MI.
  • Launched, 25 May 1944
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
  • Commissioned USS Begor (APD-127), 14 March 1945. LCDR. Benjamin T. Brooks, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Begor was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred Six, CAPT. F. W. Schmidt USN (20)
  • Following World War II USS Begor 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 30 September 194524 July 1947 to 5 March 1948
     14 June to 19 July 1949
     5 August to 27 September 1949
     6 November to 2 December 1949

  • During the Korean War USS Begor participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Aggression
    13 to 24 December 1950
    Third Korean Winter
    15 December 1952
    13 February 1953
    28 February to 1 March 1953
    6 March 1953
    12 to 31 March 1953
    13 to 16 April 1953
    First UN Counter Offensive
    1 March to 7 April 1951
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    7 to 17 May 1953
    12 July 1953
    27 July 1953
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    27 April to 9 May 1951
    28 May to 14 June 1951
    25 June to 11 July 1951
     

  • Decommissioned, 20 July 1959
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 20 November 1961
  • Decommissioned, 13 July 1962
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Designation changed, 1 January 1969 to Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR-127)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 May 1975
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 December 1976, for $60,000, to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA.
  • USS Begor earned five battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37"
    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
    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 Combustion Engineering "D" Express type boilers
    two GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    twin propellers 12,000shp

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    Begor 31k
    Namesake

    Fay Broughton Begor was born in Moriah, N. Y., 15 October 1916 and received his M. D. from McGill University. Appointed a Lieutenant (junior grade), USNR, in 1942, Dr. Begor was killed in action on board a landing craft in the Pacific 9 September 1943 while assisting injured soldiers and seamen. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
    Bill Gonyo
    Begor 73k Begor (DE-711) launch postal cover, dated 25 May 1944, Bay City, MI. Paul Petosky
    Begor 85k Begor (APD-127) being launched as DE-711, 25 May 1944, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City MI.
    Defoe Shipbuilding Co. photo #217.
    Nick Tiberio
    Begor 331k Plaque presented to USS Begor (APD-127) by McGill University Bill Gonyo
    Begor 102k USS Begor (APD-127) commissioning ceremony, 14 March 1945. The Prospective Commanding Officer LCDR. Ben. T. Brooks, USNR, renders honors as he prepares to assume command.
    Photo courtesy of McGill University.
    Bill Gonyo
    Menhaden 285k Admiral's farewell. Taking command as CinCPac in Jan. 1942, Admiral Nimitz raised his flag on the USS Grayling (SS-209). He relinquishes command (scene above) boarding the USS Menhaden (SS-377) to haul down his flag on 24 November 1945. The USS Dentuda (SS-335) is on the other side of the wharf. The ship at the end of the pier is the USS Begor (APD-127).
    USN photo # USN 31998
    Photo courtesy of George Scheer & Darryl L. Baker via Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
    Begor 126k During the Evacuation of Hungnam, 24 December 1950, USS Begor (APD-127) stands offshore, ready to embark the last UN landing craft, as demolition charges wreck Hungnam's port facilities.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-424297, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Begor 120k USS Begor (APD-127) and a motor launch stand by offshore while demolition charges destroy Hungnam port facilities and remaining UN supplies at the conclusion of evacuation operations, 24 December 1950.
    US National Archives photo # 80-K-11769, A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Begor 112k USS Begor (APD-127) and a motor launch stand by in the foreground as Hungnam's port facilities and remaining UN supplies are blown up, at the conclusion of evacuation operations, 24 December 1950.
    US National Archives photo # G-K-11770, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Begor 119k USS Begor (APD-127) and a motor launch stand by in the foreground as smoke rises over Hungnam's port area, as faculties and remaining U.N. supplies are demolished by explosives on the final day of evacuation operations, 24 December 1950.
    US Navy photo # (K-11771) now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    LSM(R)-404 109k USS Begor (APD-127 and USS LSM(R)-404 stand by as UN forces demolish Hungnam's port facilities at the conclusion of the evacuation, 24 December 1950.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-426403, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Begor 144k Overhead view of USS Begor (APD-127) underway, date and location unknown. Note the Amphibious Command patch on the bows by the hull number, the new low bridge structure, extra life rafts carried for the troops, and the heavy derrick and booms aft. In this view the twin 40mm AA gun mount in No.2 position is trained aft and covered and deck stores can be seen on the after deck.
    US Navy photo from "American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2", by Peter Elliott.
    Robert Hurst
    Begor 72k Ex-USS Begor (APD-127) moored at Mare Island Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, date unknown. Across the channel is ex-USS Arlington (AGMR-2) moored alongside ex-USS Kearsage (CV-33). Photo from "Warship Boneyards" by Kit and Carolyn Bonner, (Courtesy L. Cote). Robert Hurst

    USS Begor (APD-127)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Brooks, Benjamin T. USNR14 March 1945 - 20 October 1945
    02LCDR. Harman, John Ashmore, USNR20 October 1945 - May 1946
    03LCDR. Margetts, Richard KentMay 1946 - June 1947
    04LCDR. Waliszewski, Henry LudwigJune 1947 - June 1948
    05LCDR. Hays, Lyle RayJune 1948 - 1949
    06CDR. Walker III, William Anderson1949 - March 1951
    07LCDR. Kuntze, Archie CarlynMarch 1951 - April 1952
    08LCDR. Hamilton Jr., George BenjaminApril 1952 - April 1954
    09LCDR. Mukhalian, ZavenApril 1954 - 1956
    10LCDR. Williams, Edward Albert1956 - March 1957
    11LCDR. Koehler, Philip WaldemarMarch 1957 - 19 August 1958
    12LCDR. Kleber, Francis T.19 August 1958 - 20 July 1959
     Decommissioned20 July 1959 - 20 November 1961
    13LCDR. Gurney, Sumner20 November 1961 - 13 July 1962
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Inchon to Hungnam APD-125 & APD-127
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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