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USS Balduck (LPR-132)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Balduck (APD-132) (1945 - 1968)
November - Kilo - Zulu - Tango
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 17 June 1944, as Balduck (DE-716), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Defore Shipbuilding Co, Bay City MI.
Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
Launched, 27 October 1944
Commissioned USS Balduck (APD-132), 7 May 1945, LT. Robert T. Newell, USNR, in command
Decommissioned, 31 May 1946 at San Diego CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
Recommissioned 6 November 1953, at San Diego, LCDR. Carl E. Olson, in command
During her service with the Pacific Fleet USS Balduck was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|3 September to 21 October 1945||3 September to 21 October 1945
| ||6 to 13 February 1955
Decommissioned, 28 February 1958
Designation changed to Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR-132), 1 January 1969
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 July 1975
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 December 1976, for $60,000, to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA.
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 Balduck (APD-132) under way, date and location unknown.
USS Balduck (APD / LPR-132)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Newell Jr., Robert Thomas, USNR||7 May 1945 - 14 November 1945|
|02||LT. Case, Gerald Frederick, USNR||14 November 1945 - 31 May 1946|
| ||Decommissioned||31 May 1946 - 5 November 1953|
|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 7 September 2018
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