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USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Papa - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Dulag, Battle of Leyte, 18 to 23 November 1944)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

La Salle Class Transport:
  • Built in 1943 as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1161) at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 14 August 1943
  • Delivered, 30 November 1943, to the United States Lines, under contract to the War Shipping Administration (WSA)
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for transfer to the US Navy, date unknown
  • Converted for Navy service at United Engineering Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173), 22 April 1944, CDR. Harry A. Dunn Jr. in command
  • During World War II USS Herald of the Morning was assigned to the 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 26 June 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 8 January 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 5 September to 14 October 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 9 to 16 March 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 21 October, 19 to 29 November 1944

  • Following World War II USS Herald of the Morning was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    1 to 11 November 1945
    28 December 1945 to 8 January 1946
    30 March to 4 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 9 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 August 1946
  • USS Herald of the Morning earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred, 9 August 1946, to the Maritime Commission National Defense Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for commercial service to Waterman Steam Ship Co., New Orleans, LA. and renamed SS Citrus Packer
    Resold in 1958 to Gulf & South American Steamship Co., renamed SS Gulf Trader
    Final Disposition, scrapped in 1973

    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 9"
    Speed 16.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 28
    Enlisted 375
    Troop Accommodations
    Enlisted 1,500
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,100 DWT
    non-refrigerated 127,527 Cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,300 Bbls
    Diesel 880 Bbls
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler "D-type" boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173)
    Herald of the Morning
    Herald of the Morning - Named for the American sailing ship Herald of the Morning which was famous on both oceans in the second half of the 19th century as a fast and beautiful medium clipper.
    Tommy Trampp
    Herald of the Morning 65k USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173) pen and ink drawing. Russ Padden
    Herald of the Morning 49k USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173) underway, bow on view, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Herald of the Morning 101k USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173) underway in San Francisco Bay near Hunters Point Dock Yard, 21 June 1945.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM photo # 19-N-87128 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Herald of the Morning 73k USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173) underway in San Francisco Bay, 21 July 1945.
    US Navy photo.
    Dave Frazier for his father Chief Pharmacist Mate Francis E. (Jim) Frazier USS Herald of the Morning
    Herald of the Morning
    641k USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173) docked at San Francisco, in 1946 just before her decommissioning, in August. Note suspension section of the Oakland - San Francisco Bay bridge in the background to the left and also note her weapons have been removed. Darryl Baker
    Merchant Service Waterman SS Corp Gulf and South American SS Co.
    Herald of the Morning 586k Ex- USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173) in merchant service as the Waterman Steam Ship Co.'s, freighter, SS Citrus Packer aground as a result of a hurricane in 1949, location unknown. David Bavirsha
    Herald of the Morning 526k
    Herald of the Morning 315k Ex- USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173) in merchant service as the Gulf & South American Steamship Co.'s freighter SS Gulf Trader moored pierside in a US Gulf port in the early 1960s.
    Photo originally copyrighted by late Alex Duncan.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Dunn, Jr., Harry Albert22 April 1944 - 9 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
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Bangor Public Library - Digital Commons - U.S.S. Herald of the Morning (AP-173)
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