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DE-637 / APD-40 Bowers

USS Bowers (APD-40) was transferred to the Philippines, renamed RPS Rajah Soliman (D-66)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal

Charles Lawrence High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 28 May 1943, as a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Bethlehem Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 31 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Bowers (DE-637), 27 January 1944
  • Converted to a Charles Lawrence High-speed Transport at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Redesignated (APD-40), 25 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 10 February 1947, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Recommissioned, 6 February 1951
  • Decommissioned, 18 December 1958
  • Transferred, on loan, 31 October 1960, to the Republic of the Philippines; renamed RPS Rajah Soliman (D-66)
  • Sold outright to the Philippines, 21 April 1961
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1961
  • RPS Rajah Soliman (D-66) was sunk in June 1962
  • Raised and struck from the Philippine Naval List in December 1964
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1966
  • Bowers received four battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 1,400 t.
    Length 306' (ovl)
    Beam 36' 10"
    Draft 13' 6" (max)
    Speed 24 kt.
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Complement 186
    Troop Accommodations 162
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40mm gun mounts
    eight single 20mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    two GE Turbines (turbo-electric drive)
    two boilers
    twin shafts
    12,000 Shaft Horsepower
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    USS Bowers (APD-40)
    Laning 93k Bowers (APD-40) and Laning (APD-55) moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., circa 1951-52. Note the bedding spread across the Bowers railings. Crews aired bedding on a weekly basis. George Panos, QMS2C USS Earle B. Hall
    Bowers 37k Bowers (APD-40) at anchor, Golfe Juan, July, 1954. During May to October 1954 Med Cruise. Bill Fuzak
    Bowers 35k Bowers (APD-40) Officers, Left to Right: LT Carpenter USN, Executive Officer; LTjg Elliot Shapiro, Engineering Officer; LTjg Kahle, CIC Officer; Ens Hosking, Assistant Gunnery Officer; LTjg William G Fuzak Jr., First Lieutenant and Gunnery Officer; LTjg Howe, Damage Control Officer; LTjg John M Harrison, Operations Officer; Ensign Lester Lawtenslager, Supply Officer. Photo was taken at change of command ceremony, July 1955 at Charleston SC. when CDR Clyde C Sapp was relieved. At the time Bowers was assigned to Charleston as a Naval Reserve Training ship. Bill Fuzak
    Bowers 53k Bowers (APD-40) First Class Petty Officers of the Deck and Gunnery Dept, July, 1955, Charleston, SC. Left to right; Gunners Mate First Class Cooke, Fire Control Technician First Class Procopio, and Bosuns Mate First Class Kurtz Bill Fuzak
    RPS Rajah Soliman (D-66)
    Bowers 52k ex Bowers (APD-40) in Mississippi ready to become the Philippine ship RPS Rajah Soliman (D-66).
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine September 1961
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
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    DANFS history entry Located on the Hazegray & Underway Web Site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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