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USS Winged Arrow (AP-170)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Sierra - 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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

La Salle Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 26 January 1943, as SS Winged Arrow, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1156) at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 3 April 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy from the War Shipping Administration on 21 April 1944 and commissioned that same day as USS Winged Arrow (AP-170), CDR. John E. Shomier, in command
  • During WWII USS Winged Arrow was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 16 to 28 June 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 9 to 16 March 1945
    Tinian capture and occupation 21 to 28 July 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, June 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 11 to 12 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS Winged Arrow was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 to 16 December 19451 to 23 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 12 August 1946, at Seattle, WA. and transferred to the War Department
  • Commissioned USAT Winged Arrow, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • USS Winged Arrow earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 23 October 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Merchant Service
    Sold to Waterman SS Corp, at San Francisco, 18 October 1948, renamed SS Fairhope
    Sold to Admiralty Steamship Corp, S.A., Panama,in 1 February 1954, renamed SS Susan, Panamanian flagged
    Sold, 6 January 1955, to Compania Maritima Unidas, S.A., Monrovia, Liberia, reflagged Liberia, renamed SS Noordzee
    Sold, 1 May 1956, to Overzeese Scheepvaart-Maatschappij, N.V., reflagged Netherlands
    Chartered, 20 January 1959, to Central Gulf Steamship Corp., reflagged United States, renamed SS Green Bay
    Returned to the Maritime Commission , 6 August 1965, renamed SS Winged Arrow
    Wrecked in 1965
    Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 3 October 1965, at Mobile, for disposal
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 August 1970 to Union Minerals and Alloys, Corp, at Mobile, AL. (PD-X-868 of 14 July 1970) for $53,000.00
    Withdrawn, 16 September 1970, from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL., delivered to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., scrapped by Southern Scrap Material, New Orleans, LA. broken up in Panama
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 12,200 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 9"
    Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
    Officers 24
    Enlisted 252
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 71
    Enlisted 1,500
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,100 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 19,300 Bbls
    Diesel 880 Bbls
    two General Electric steam turbines
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three Turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Winged Arrow (AP-170)
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    208k Starboard and port side views of USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) underway in San Francisco Bay, circa April 1944.
    US Navy photos
    Dirk Dijksman
    Winged Arrow
    Winged Arrow 91k USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) at anchor, date and place unknown. Barbara Tackett for her husband J. C. (Jake) Tackett, Cox. USNR, USS Winged Arrow
    Winged Arrow 114k USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) crew photo, possibly August 1944 at San Francisco, CA. Barbara Tackett for her husband J. C. (Jake) Tackett, Cox. USNR, USS Winged Arrow
    Winged Arrow 90k USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) near the Army's Port of Embarkation at Seattle, WA., 19 May 1946. Untypically this transport still retained her wartime armament and appearance.
    US Army Signal Corps photo, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    Waterman Steamship Lines Central Gulf Lines

    Winged Arrow
    332k Ex-USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) as the Waterman Steamship Co. freighter SS Fairhope, underway, date and location unknown. Dirk Dijksman
    Winged Arrow
    169k Ex-USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) as the US flagged freighter SS Green Bay, moored pierside, date and location unknown. Dirk Dijksman
    Winged Arrow 250k Ex-USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) as the Netherlands flagged SS Noordzee, in Central Gulf colors. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Winged Arrow
    271k SS Noordzee, underway, date and location unknown. Dirk Dijksman
    Winged Arrow
    167k SS Noordzee, underway, date and location unknown. Dirk Dijksman
    Winged Arrow
    111k Ex-USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) as the US flagged freighter SS Winged Arrow, moored pierside, date and location unknown. Dirk Dijksman

    USS Winged Arrow (AP-170)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Shomier II, John Edward, USN (USNA 1923)21 April 1944 - 2 April 1945 (Hospital)
    02LCDR. Perkins, Benjamin Martin (XO temporary command)2 April 1945 - 10 December 1945
    03CDR. Peak, Charlie Oscar, USNR10 December 1945 - 10 July 1946
    04LT. Westergaard, Clarence William, USN10 July 1946 - 12 August 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
    Postal Covers related to the ship
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Winged Arrow (AP-170) Crew Listing
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