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USS Walter X. Young (APD-131)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Romeo - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down 27 May 1944 as Walter X. Young (DE-715), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Defore Shipbuilding Co, Bay City MI.
Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
Launched 30 September 1944
Commissioned USS Walter X. Young (APD-131), 1 May 1945, LCDR. Nicholas Biddle, USNR, in command
Following World War II USS Walter X. Young was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 September to 12 October 1945
Decommissioned 2 July 1946 at San Diego CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group, Stockton CA.
Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1962
Final Disposition, towed to Naval Missile Center Point Mugu and converted to a target hulk, sunk by missile firing 11 April 1967
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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||USS Walter X Young (APD-131) mother ship for UDT-22, at anchor in Tokyo Bay Japan in September, 1945.
USS Walter X Young (APD-131)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Biddle, Nicholas, USNR||1 May 1945 - 24 November 1945|
|02||LCDR. Hale Jr., Stephen Cutler||24 November 1945 - 2 July 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
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 21 March 2014
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