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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

APL-17 Class Non-self-propelled Barracks Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 June 1944, at Everett Pacific, Everett, WA.
  • Launched, 30 September 1944
  • Delivered and placed in service, 14 June 1945
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 August 2001
  • Final Disposition, reefed off the coast of New Jersey
    Displacement 1,300 t.(lt), 2,600 t.(fl)
    Length 261'
    Beam 49'
    Draft 8' 6" (lim)
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 66
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 583
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,000 Bbls

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    APL-31 135k APL-31 at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD., 23 April 1947, with the former Spanish cruiser Reina Mercedes (IX-25) on the far side of the pier. Reina Mercedes, captured in 1898 when already obsolescent, served as a barracks ship at the Academy from 1912 to 1957.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-283) photo
    Mike Green
    APL-31 105k APL-31 and APL-32 at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD., 26 March 1959. APL-32 had recently replaced the old Spanish cruiser Reina Mercedes (IX-25).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo
    Mike Green
    APL-31 146k APL-31 forward of APL-32 at Naval Station Annapolis, MD., 1966. The two APLs were moored stern to stern as opposed to the moorings shown in the 1947 photo above. At the forward end of APL-31 on the top deck is the "tower" where watches were stood looking out over Chesapeake Bay watching for boats / ships in distress. Carey Smith, Marietta, GA.
    APL-31 177k Seaman Carey Smith standing at the stern of APL-32 with APL-31 in the background, Naval Station Annapolis, MD., 1966 Carey Smith, Marietta, GA.
Ridge 157k USS Oak Ridge (ARDM-1) with APL-31 tied up alongside at Naval Station, Rota, Spain, circa 1970s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # K-117518
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    APL-31 57k Ex-APL-31 ready for sinking as an artificial reef off the coast of New Jersey. Submitted by Bob Gregory, COMPACFLT, Fleet Berthing & Messing Program Manager, courtesy New Jersey Council of Diving Clubs web site

    There is no DANFS History available for APL-31 at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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