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USS Fallon (APA-81)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Gilliam Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 28 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1873) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 14 December 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy and Commissioned USS Fallon (APA-81), 14 February 1945, CDR. William L. Phinney USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Fallon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S. P. Jenkins;
    TransDiv Sixty-Six, CAPT. W. G. Ludlow Jr., USN (17)
  • Following World War II USS Fallon was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 14 October 1945
  • USS Fallon (APA-81) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.6 (Target Vessel Group - Merchant Type Units - Transport Division 91 (TRANSDIV 91) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 20 September 1946, Kwajalein Atoll
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scuttled off Kwajalein 11 March 1948
    Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16.9'
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 293
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 47
    Enlisted 802
    Cargo Capacity 85,000 cu. ft., 2,600 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA radar-directed gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,695 Bbls
    Diesel 375 Bbls
    two Westinghouse turbo-electric drive
    two Babcock & Wilcox 450psi 750° boilers
    Ships Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 250kW 450V A.C.
    one turbo-drive 150kW 450V A.C
    one turbo-drive100kW 120/240V D.C.
    two propellers 6,000shp

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    Fallon 79k USS Fallon (APA-81) at anchor in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 98717 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Crittenden 127k Operation Crossroads prospective target ships and support ships at Pearl Harbor in a photo released, 27 February 1946.
    Ships present from front to rear include USS Crittenden (APA-77), USS Catron (APA-71), USS Bracken (APA-64), USS Burleson (APA-67), USS Gilliam (APA-57), USS Fallon (APA-81), one unidentified ship, USS Fillmore (APA-83), USS Kochab (AKS-6), USS Luna (AKS-7) and an unidentified tanker and liberty ship. Identifiable on the right are USS LSM-203 and USS LSM-465. Further in the background are a floating drydock and a merchant ship hulk with unidentified fittings forward of the bridge.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-702126 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Fallon 94k USS Fallon (APA-81) under way in Pearl Harbor, 22 March 1946.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-114599 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurt

    USS Fallon (APA-81)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Phinney, William Louis, USNR14 February 1945 - 25 December 1945
    02CAPT. Patterson, Earl Barnard, USN (USNA 1927)25 December 1945 - 1 July 1946
    03CDR. Sackett, Warren Wilson, USNR1 July 1946 - 20 September 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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