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USS Donald W. Wolf (APD-129)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - India - Whiskey
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 Donald W. Wolf (APD-129) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Hwa Shan (PF-33)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 17 April 1944, as Donald W. Wolf (DE-713), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City MI.
Launched, 22 July 1944
Redesignated as (APD-129) a High-speed Transport while under construction
Completed at Todd-Johnson Dry Dock Co. New Orleans, LA.
Commissioned USS Donald W. Wolf (APD-129), 14 April 1945, LCDR. Stephen C. O'Rourke, in command
During World War II USS Donald W. Wolf was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short
TransDiv One Hundred Seven, CAPT. N. E. Miller
Following World War II USS Donald W. Wolf was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|3 September to 21 October 1945||3 September to 21 October 1945
Decommissioned, 15 May 1946, at San Diego, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1965
Transferred to the Republic of China, 3 April 1965 and renamed ROCS Hwa Shan (PF-33)
Final Disposition, struck by the Taiwanese Navy and broken up for scrap, date unknown
Displacement 1,630 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats four LCVP landing craft
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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||Donald W. Wolf (APD-129) launch postal cover, dated 22 July 1944, Bay City, MI.
||Donald W. Wolf (APD-129) at Brandon Pool, Chicago, ILL., 27 February 1945, waiting transit to New Orleans for fitting out and commissioning.
Cropped from War Department, Engineers Office, Chicago ILL. photo # 523, from the collections of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Home of the SS Cobia.
||USS Donald W. Wolf (APD-129) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Delos C. Reeds
||Chart of USS Donald W. Wolf (APD-129)'s Pacific voyage, 16 August to 11 November 1945.
||Delos C. Reeds, courtesy Thomas W. Reeds
| ROCS Hwa Shan (PF-33)
||Ex-USS Donald W. Wolf (APD-129) in Republic of Chinese (Taiwan) service as ROCS Hwa Shan (PF-33)
under way in port, 1971, location unknown.
Photo courtesy Iain G. B. Lovie.
||ROCS Hwa Shan (PF-33) under way off, Taiwan, in 1974.
Photos by Karsten Petersen
USS Donald W. Wolf (APD-129)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. O'Rourke, Stephen Charles||14 April 1945 - 15 May 1946|
|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
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