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USS Blackford (APB-45)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo- Charlie - Kilo
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) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Benawah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship
Authorized as LST-1111
Redesignated General Stores Issue Ship, Blackford (AKS-16), 8 December 1944
Laid down, 2 January 1945, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Redesignated Self-propelled Barracks Ship (APB-45), 6 March 1945
Launched, 9 April 1945
Commissioned USS Blackford (APB-45), 9 June 1945, at Navy Supply Depot, New Orleans LA., LT. Archie E. Lorance Jr. USNR in command
During World War II USS Blackford (APB-45) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Blackford was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 5 to 30 October 1945
Decommissioned, 26 April 1947, at Orange, TX.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1960
Sold for commercial service to Collins Submarine Pipeline(Marine Diamond) in 1963, apparently not scrapped as reported by DANFS
Final Disposition, sunk as a target by the South African Navy circa 1968-70
Displacement 4,000 t.
Draft 11' 2"
Speed 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
twenty .50 and .30 cal machine guns
Diesel 4,485 Bbls
two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
five Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 1,600shp
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||USS Blackford (APB-45) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
||Ex- USS Blackford (APB-45) moored pierside at Beaumont, TX. after being withdrawn from the reserve fleet at Orange, TX. and towed to Beaumont, TX. for reactivation and drydocking.in 1963. The ship was retrofitted for commercial service for Collins Submarine Pipeline(Marine Diamond). Renamed APB-45, she was used for dredging operations in the mining of diamonds off the south-west coast of Africa until approximately 1968-70 at which time she was donated to the South African military and was used for bombing practice and ultimately sank.
||Ex- USS Blackford (APB-45) drydocked at Beaumont TX, in 1963 while being retrofitted for commercial service for Collins Submarine Pipeline(Marine Diamond).
USS Blackford (APB-45)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Lorance Jr., Archie E., USNR||9 June 1945 - 28 September 1945|
|02||LT. Mauthe, Edward William, USNR||28 September 1945 - 20 January 1946|
|03||LT. Burns, Donald F., USNR||20 January 1946 - 10 August 1946|
|04||CHBOSN Hammond, Joseph Edward, USN||10 August 1946 - 1 February 1947|
|05||unknown||1 February 1947 - 26 April 1947|
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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