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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
    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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    Walter X Young 346k USS Walter X Young (APD-131) mother ship for UDT-22, at anchor in Tokyo Bay Japan in September, 1945. Robert Hurst

    USS Walter X Young (APD-131)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Biddle, Nicholas, USNR1 May 1945 - 24 November 1945
    02LCDR. Hale Jr., Stephen Cutler24 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
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