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USS Fillmore (APA-83)

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

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

Gilliam Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1876) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 4 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Fillmore (APA-83), 25 February 1945, CDR. Lawrence E. Divoll, in command
  • During World War II USS Fillmore was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO. A. S. Witherspoon;
    TransDiv Sixty-Nine CAPT. P. R. Glutting USN (16)
  • Following World War II USS Fillmore was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 30 September 1945
    28 November to 8 December 1945

  • USS Fillmore (APA-83) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.6 (Target Vessel Group - Merchant Type Units - Transport Division 93 (TRANSDIV 93) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 24 January 1947 at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1947
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 April 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 September 1966, to Horton Industries Inc. (PD-X-738 dated 13 September 1966) for $66,800.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 10 October 1966, scrapping completed at Wilmington, N.C., 6 September 1967
    Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16.9'
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 295
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 47
    Enlisted 802
    Cargo Capacity 85,000 cu. ft., 2,600 t.
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,695 Bbls
    Diesel 375 Bbls
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA radar-directed gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two Westinghouse turbo-electric drive
    two Babcock & Wilcox 450psi 750° boilers
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
    one turbo-drive 150Kw 450V A.C.
    one turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two propellers 6,000shp

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    Fergus 87k USS Fillmore (APA-83) and USS Fergus (APA-82) docked at Aomori, Japan after the surrender.
    Photo taken from USS Kershaw (APA-176) by an unknown photographer
    Tommy Trampp
    Fillmore 59k USS Fillmore (APA-83) underway in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946. She is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."
    US Navy photo # NH 98718 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), 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
    51k USS Fillmore (APA-83) during Operation Crossroads,1946.
    Photo courtesy of Jdogmad (real name unknown)
    Robert Hurst

    USS Fillmore (APA-83)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Divoll, Lawrence Eliott, USN (USNA 1921b)25 February 1945 - 1 November 1946
    02CDR. Foushee Sr., Clarence Lucius1 November 1946 - 24 January 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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