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USS Knox (APA-46)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Uniform - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - 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 (2)

Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Authorized as Naval Transport (AP-91)
  • Reclassified Attack Transport (APA-46), 1 February 1943
  • Laid down in February 1943 as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 430) at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 17 July 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy and placed in reduced commission, 30 September 1943, for transit to her fitting out yard, LCDR. James H. Budd, USNR, in command (Ferry Crew #4)
  • Decommissioned at Bethlehem Steel Corp. Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y, 14 October 1943
  • Re-commissioned in full USS Knox (APA-46), 4 March 1944, CAPT. John H. Brady in command.
  • During World War II USS Knox was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Fourteen, COMO. D. L. Ryan USN (16);
    TransDiv Forty-One, CAPT. H.J. Wright USN and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 23 July 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Tinian operation 24 to 28 July 1944 Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 6 March 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October and 18 November 1944

  • Following World War II, USS Knox was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 to 29 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 14 March 1946, at Mobile, AL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • USS Knox earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 14 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Sold, 30 October 1946, to Gulf Shipping Corp
  • Delt to Isthmian Lines, Inc., 11 April 1947, renamed SS Steel Recorder
  • Sold to States Marine Lines Inc., 27 March 1969, renamed SS Constitution State
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 September 1971, to Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corp., Taiwan
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(lim)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 18. 4 kts. (trial speed)
    officers 56
    enlisted 497
    Flag Accommodation
    officers 43
    enlisted 108
    Troop Accommodation
    officers 80
    enlisted 1,146
    Largest boom capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 175,000 cu. ft., 4,700 t. (non-refrigerated)
    Boats 17 LCVP, 2 LCM (Mk-6)
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, one fore and one aft
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Ship's Service Generators three turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C.
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Foster-Wheeler D-type boilers 465psi 765°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Knox (APA-46)
    Knox 23k USS Knox (APA-46), date and location unknown. Elmer Doyle Myers
    Knox 112k USS Knox (APA-46) departing from Lingayen Gulf, 9 January 1945 outbound for Leyte Gulf.
    US Navy photo.
    USS Knox web site
    Knox 80k USS Knox (APA-46) moored pierside at Navy Yard Long Beach, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    USS Knox web site
    Merchant Service States Marine Line
    Knox 350k Ex-USS Knox (APA-46) in commercial service as the States Marine Line's SS Constitution State underway in the Malacca Strait, circa 1970.
    © Airfoto Malacca.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Knox (APA-46)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LCDR. Budd, James Hodgeson, USNR (Ferry Crew #4)30 September 1943 - 14 October 1943
     Decommissioned14 October 1943 - 3 March 1944
    01CAPT. Brady, John, Huston, USN (USNA 1923)4 March 1944 - 17 August 1945
    02CAPT. Branneman, Leonard, USN (USNA 1926)17 August 1945 - 14 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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