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USS Charles Carroll (APA-28)
USS Charles Carroll (AP-58) (1942 - 1943)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Crescent City Class Transport
  • Laid down, 24 March 1942, as SS Del Uruguay, a Maritime Commission type (C3P-Delta) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 150) for the Mississippi Shipping Co. at Bethlehem Steel Corp. Sparrow Point, MD.
  • Commissioned USS Charles Carroll (AP-58), 13 August 1942, CDR. Harold Biesemeier in command
  • Redesignated Attack Transport APA-28, 1 February 1943
  • During World War II USS Charles Carroll was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    North African occupation
    Algeria-Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1942
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
    Sicilian occupation
    Scoglitti, 9 to 15 July 1943
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944  
    Invasion of southern France
    Saint Raphael, 15 August to 23 September 1944

  • When assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Charles Carroll came under the command of:
    TransRon Eighteen, COMO. J. G. Moyer USN (14):
    TransDiv Fifty-Two
  • Following World War II USS Charles Carroll was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    15 to 30 January 194611 to 20 February 1946
    21 to 28 February 194616 to 29 April 1946
    29 June to 1 July 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 27 December 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the San Francisco Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • USS Charles Carroll earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 29 October 1958
  • Disposed of by MARAD sale, 1 April 1977
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 April 1977, to General Metals, Inc., Tacoma WA. (PD-X-1016 for 119,900.00), Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 2 May 1977
    Displacement 8,409 t.(lt), 14,247 t.(fl)
    Length 491'
    Beam 65' 6'
    Draft 25' 8"
    Speed 16.5 kts. (designed)
    Officers 58
    Enlisted 554
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 67
    Enlisted 1,255
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 12,925 Bbls
    Diesel 450 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three 350Kv, 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 7,800shp

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    USS Charles Carroll (AP-58)
    Charles Carroll 402k

    Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Annapolis, Md., 20 September 1737. A lawyer, he studied at Paris and London, where he was admitted to membership in the Inner Temple. He died in Baltimore, Md., 14 November 1832.
    Photo: Smithsonian Institution Libraries ID: SIL14-C1-13a
    Bill Gonyo
    Charles Carroll 73k USS Charles Carroll (AP-58) at Norfolk Navy Yard, 2 September 1942. She is in her original configuration with a 5"/51 low-angle gun on the stern.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-34512 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Charles Carroll 64k USS Charles Carroll (AP-58) under way off Hampton Roads, 3 September 1942.
    U.S. Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History".
    Robert Hurst and Stan Svec
    Charles Carroll 81k
    Charles Carroll 218k USS Charles Carroll (AP-58) under way off Hampton Roads, 3 September 1942.
    US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics photo # X1662 for Amphibious Force Atlantic Fleet
    Steve Franklin
    Charles Carroll 72k USS Charles Carroll (AP-58) shortly before sailing with Task Force "A" to North Africa, 22 October 1942.
    Official US Army photo produced by US Army Signal Corps, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, October 22, 1944. Photo now in the collections of the Library of Virginia. Image No. C1:2/01/024.
    The Library of Virginia, US Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection
    USS Charles Carroll (APA-28)
    Charles Carroll 80k USS Charles Carroll (APA-28) in Hampton Roads, 6 May 1943. Her armament has been modified, the 5"/51 gun aft being removed and two twin 40mm anti-aircraft mounts added, one in a raised position forward and the other on the stern. The ships of this class had a tendency to appear trimmed down by the stern.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, Photo # 80-G-66352, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Cfharles Carroll 66k USS Charles Carroll (APA-28) docked at Pier 6, Newport News embarking soldiers of 157th Infantry, 45th Division, 3 June 1943. Official US Army photo produced by the US Army Signal Corps, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation. Photo now in the collections of the Library of Virginia. Image No. C1:2/05/052 The Library of Virginia, US Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection
    Cfharles Carroll
    62k USS Charles Carroll (APA-28) in the harbor at Oran, Algeria in late July 1943.
    Frames from a short film titled "U.S. Invasion Convoy Lands: Air Raid, Licata, Sicily". National Archives ID 75766. Local I.D. 428-NPC-981
    David Upton
    Cfharles Carroll
    Cfharles Carroll
    Cfharles Carroll
    Cfharles Carroll
    233k USS Charles Carroll (APA-28) silhouetted against the glow of a burning ship off the Salerno invasion beaches on "D-Day," 9 September 1943.
    Photo probably taken from USS Ancon (AGC-4).
    US National Archives, Catalog No. 80-G-87394
    Mike Green
    Charles Carroll 50k USS Charles Carroll (APA-28) under way November 1943
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    250k USS LST-332 and USS Charles Carroll (APA-28), at anchor off Plymouth, England, 11-12 March 1944.
    TimeLife_image_116791189 David Scherman. For personal non-commercial use only.
    David Upton
    Charles Carroll 118k USS Charles Carroll (APA-28), at Norfolk, VA., after refit, preparing for Pacific service, 11 December 1944. She has been repainted in camouflage Measure 32 Design 6T.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Charles Carroll 201k USS Charles Carroll (APA-28)'s LCVP 9 abandoned on a beach, date and location unknown. Brian Miller

    USS Charles Carroll (AP-58 / APA-28)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Biesemeier, Harold, USN (USNA 1918)13 August 1942 - 13 June 1944AP-58 / APA-28
    02CDR. Chism, William Wilson, USNR13 June 1944 - 12 October 1944APA-28
    03CAPT. Strauss, Elliot Bowman, USN (USNA 1923) :RADM12 October 1944- 6 August 1945APA-28
    04CDR. Thwing, James Charles, USNR6 August 1945 - 23 October 1945APA-28
    05CAPT. Butterfield, Ralph Elmer, USN (USNA 1921A)23 October 1945 - 27 December 1946APA-28
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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