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USS Lejeune (AP-74)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Tango - Foxtrot
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 - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Lejeune Class Transport:
  • Built in 1936 as SS Windhuk at Blohm & Voss Co , Hamburg, Germany, for Deutsche-Afrika Linten
  • Launched in October 1936
  • Interned at Santos, Brazil, December 1939
  • Acquired from Brazil, 12 May 1942
  • Placed in ferry commission as USS Lejeune, 26 March 1943 for transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Norfolk for conversion to a Navy Transport
  • Fully commissioned USS Lejeune (AP-74), 12 May 1944, CAPT. Laurence E. Kelly in command
  • During World War II USS Lejeune transported troops in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Following World War II USS Lejeune was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    14 to 17 January 194721 November to 5 December 1946
     30 January to 17 February 1947
     12 to 25 April 1947
     16 May to 3 June 1947

  • Decommissioned, 9 February 1948, at Bremerton, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Tacoma, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in July 1957
  • Transferred to MARAD, 12 July 1957, at Olympia, WA. for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 August 1966, to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, OR. (PD-X-736) for $239,769.00, withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia Group, 19 August 1966 for delivery to Zidell Explorations, Inc.
    Displacement 16,622 t. (gross)
    Length 572' 8"
    Beam 72' 2"
    Draft 26'
    Speed 17.5 kts.
    Officers 50
    Enlisted 576
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 281
    Enlisted 4385
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    thirteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 17,100 Bbls
    Diesel 2,625 Bbls
    two Bethlehem Shipbuilding steam turbines
    three Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 475psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 500Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    twin propellers, 13,500shp

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    Merchant Service
    Lejeune 1332k SS Windhuk launching in October 1936 at Blohm & Voss Co, Hamburg, Germany. Gerhard Muller-Debus
    Lejeune 57k SS Windhuk underway in the livery of the Woermann Line, date and location unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    USS Lejeune (AP-74)
    Lejeune 30k

    John Archer Lejeune, born Pointe Coupee Parish, La., 10 January 1867, was previously honored by the Marine Corps in the naming of Camp Lejeune, N.C. A graduate of Louisiana State University 1884, and the Naval Academy 1888, he served as a naval cadet aboard Vandalia bound for Samoa. His Marine Corps service began with his appointment 1 July 1890 as a 2d lieutenant, USMC. During the Spanish-American War he served as commander of the Marine Guard on board Cincinnati. In the next decade and a half, he received assignments to such trouble spots as Panama, Philippines, Cuba, and, in 1914, Vera Cruz, Mexico. On 6 January 1917 he was appointed a brigadier general. With the entry of the United States into World War I, General Lejeune, attached to the Marine Corps Headquarters, Washington, D.C., sought duty at the front. He arrived in France 8 June 1918 and was soon placed in command of the 2d Division, AEF, the only marine officer to command an Army division. Promoted to major general in July, he was awarded both the Army and Navy Distinguished Service Medals and several French medals for his leadership in the great offensives which ended the war. He climaxed 45 years of continuous service as Commandant of the Marine Corps from 30 June 1920 to 5 May 1929. Retired in November 1929, General Lejeune served for 8 years as Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute. Six months before his death on 20 November 1942, he was appointed Lieutenant General on the Marine Corps Retired List.
    Photo from the US National Archive
    Bill Gonyo
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-66546
    125k USS Lejeune (AP 74) near Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 May 1944, after completing conversion. Most of the effort in this major conversion project went into replacing the original propulsion plant, thoroughly sabotaged by the ship's German crew, with a plant similar to that used in the Navy's Ashtabula (AO-51) class oilers. Note the streamed superstructure of this relatively recently designed German ship.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-66546 and US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-66545, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the US National Archives collection, courtesy
    19-N-66546 - Mike Green and
    19-N-66545-Robert Hurst
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-66545
    Lejeune 94k Aerial view of USS Lejeune (AP 74) under way in the Atlantic Ocean, 31 August 1945, by an aircraft from NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, photo # 80-G-344514, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Lejeune 73k USS Lejeune (AP 74) under way in harbor, date and location unknown. Lejeune appears to be painted in Measure 2 camouflage. The tones and the broad bands of paint support this conjecture.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-230500, a US Navy photo now in the US National Archives collection.
    Robert Hurst
    Lejeune 31k USS Lejeune (AP 74) at Le Havre, France. circa 1945.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Lejeune 99k USS Lejeune (AP 74) at the New York Navy Yard, 28 August 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-90713, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Lejeune 97k Stern view of USS Lejeune (AP 74) near the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 23 September 1946. Some of her guns have been mothballed on board the otherwise active ship.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-96208 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Lejeune 97k USS Lejeune (AP 74) at anchor, circa late 1940s.
    Photo courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Lejeune 121k USS Lejeune (AP 74) under way off Hampton Roads, VA., circa 1946. Photographed by an aircraft from NAS, Hampton Roads, VA.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # Unknown, courtesy
    Tommy Trampp and
    Robert Hurst
    Lejeune 246k USS Lejeune (AP-74) at anchor on the Whangphoo River, Shanghai, China, 21 November 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 83415 courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Lejeune (AP-74)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Bottom Jr., John Thomas, USN (USNA 1920) :RADM26 March 1943 - ?Ferry Command
    02CAPT. Kelly, Laurence Edward12 May 1944 - 15 February 1945First Commanding Officer
    03CAPT. McDonald, Frank Wadsworth15 February 1945 - 8 February 1946 
    04CAPT. Thompson, Stanley Hudson8 February 1946 - 23 July 1946 
    05CAPT. Chappell, Church Allen23 July 1946 - 3 July 1947 
    06CAPT. Evans, Donald Sidley3 July 1947 - 8 November 1947 
    07CDR. Conway James Peter, USNR 8 November 1947 - 9 February 1948 
    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
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Lejeune Sentimental Journal #4 Souvenir Issue, 4 May 1946
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