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USS Cavallaro (APD-128)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Echo - Bravo
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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

USS Cavallaro (APD-128) was transferred to South Korea and renamed ROKS Kyung-Nam (APD-81)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 28 March 1944, as Cavallaro (DE-712), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City MI.
  • Launched, 15 June 1944
  • Redesignated, a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Cavallaro (APD-128), 13 March 1945, LCDR. Edward P. Adams, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cavallaro was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred Six, CAPT. F. W. Schmidt, USN (20)
  • Following World War II USS Cavallaro was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 18 September to 12 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1946 at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 4 September 1953
  • Decommissioned, 15 October 1959, at Long Beach, CA. and transferred to South Korea the same day, renamed ROKS Kyung-Nam (APD-81)
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 15 November 1974
  • Decommissioned by the Korean Navy, 29 December 2000
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target in March or April 2003
    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 Cavallaro (APD-128)
    Cavallaro 258k USS Cavallaro (APD-128) leaving San Diego Bay, CA., circa the mid-1950s. US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 107582. Don Scott, YNCS(SS), USN, Ret
    LSM-298 121k USS Cavallaro (APD-128) moored pierside with USS LSM-298 secured to her port side and an LCT secured to the port side of LSM-298, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Cavallaro 98k Broadside view of USS Cavallaro (APD-128) off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, while running trials 22 March 1955. Cavallaro was undergoing repairs at Mare Island from 6 January to 28 March 1955.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 24922-3-55, 3/22/55.
    Darryl Baker
    Cavallaro 92k Stern view of USS Cavallaro (APD-128) off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, while running trials 22 March 1955. The ship to the right could be Uvalde (AKA 88) since shipyard logs indicate she was running trials on the same date.
    Naval Shipyard photo # 24924-3-55, 3/22/55.
    Darryl Baker
    Cavallaro 97k Broadside view of USS Cavallaro (APD-128) off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, while running trials 22 March 1955.
    Naval Shipyard photo # 24926-3-55, 3/22/55.
    Darryl Baker
    Cavallaro 20k USS Cavallaro (APD-128) off Long Beach Naval Shipyard, circa 1959-60. Photo by Capt. Don Bodron USCG, Ret.
    ROKS Kyung-Nam (APD-81)
    Cavallaro 89k Ex-Cavallaro (APD-128) in the service of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as ROKS Kyung-Nam (APD-81) underway, date and location unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Cavallaro 237k ROKS Kyung-Nam (APD-81) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown.  
    Cavallaro 53k ROKS Kyung-Nam (APD-81) underway, circa 1961, location unknown.
    Korean Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Cavallaro 72k ROKS Kyung-Nam (APD-81) underway, in 1967, location unknown.
    Korean Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Cavallaro 58k ROKS Kyung-Nam (APD-81) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tim Rizzuto
    Cavallaro 91k Various views of ex-ROKS Kyung-Nam moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tim Rizzuto
    Flying Bridge
    FC Radar 148 Gun Sight
    Cavallaro 162k
    Cavallaro 159k
    Cavallaro 197k
    Cavallaro 194k
    Cavallaro 168k

    USS Cavallaro (APD-128)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Adams, Edward Payson, USNR13 March 1945 - 15 November 1945
    02LCDR. Kane Jr., John Dandridge Henley, USN (USNA 1942) :RADM15 November 1945 - 1 March 1946
    03LTjg. Parker, Charles Kenyon, USNR1 March 1946 - 1 April 1946
    04LTjg. Finney, Charles Terry, USNR1 April 1946 - 17 May 1946
     Decommissioned17 May 1946 - 4 September 1953
    05LCDR. Grant, Edward Gooding, USN? - 1958
    06CDR. Smithson, Garnet Milton, USN1958 - 15 October 1959
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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