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USS Cecil (APA-96)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Golf
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 (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 24 June 1943, as SS Sea Angler a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1544) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 27 September 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 26 February 1944
  • Delivered to the Navy, 26 February 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission, 27 February 1944, as USS Cecil (APA-96) for transit to her fitting out yard at Portland, OR.
  • Fitted out as an Attack Transport at Continental Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Placed in full commission 15 September 1944, CAPT. Peter G. Hale in command
  • During World War II USS Cecil was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Sixteen(flagship), COMO J. R. McGovern USN;
    TransDiv Forty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 15 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Cecil was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 10 September 1945
    5 to 11 October 1945

  • Decommissioned 24 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1946
  • USS Cecil earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Returned to the Maritime Commission, 25 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
    Towed from Lee Hall, VA. to Galveston TX., 29 November 1946 by Moran Towing and Transportation Co.
    Sold, 7 August 1947, at Galvestion, TX. to Isthmian Steamship Co, renamed SS Steel Admiral
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 October 1973, to Yung Tai Steel & Iron Co. Ltd., Taiwan
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 18,000 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    Officers 60
    Enlisted 518
    Flag Accommodations
    Officers 43
    Enlisted 108
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 79
    Enlisted 1,423
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 180,500 cu. ft, 4,500 DWT
    Boats 12 LCVP, 4 LCM (Mk-6), 3 LCP(L) (MK-IV)
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts, one fore and one aft
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750Bbls
    one General Electric geared drive turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 1465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 200Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Cecil (APA-96)
    190k USS Cecil (APA-96) in convoy lined up in formation followed by at least nine additional amphibious attack transports and attack cargo ships, 6 February 1945, for antiaircraft firing practice while enroute to the Iwo Jima invasion, 6 February 1945.
    US Navy photo by US Navy photographer Wallace Page
    Dave Way, Historian / Artifact Collections,
    Pacific Battleship Center |
    National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA
    357k Fifth Division Marines, enroute to the battle of Iwo Jima hear mass celebrated by LT. J. McGoldrick, USNR, Catholic Chaplain, aboard USS Cecil (APA-96), February 1945.
    US National Archives Identifier 74250884 US Marine Corps photo Hdqtrs. No. 109,422.
    David Upton
    Cecil 69k USS Cecil (APA-96) in the harbor at Batangas, Luzon, P.I., August 1945 Louis Shannon
    Cecil 97k USS Cecil (APA-96) at anchor with accommodation ladder rigged, circa 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH73858. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Merchant Service Isthmian SS Co.
    Cecil 288k Ex-USS Cecil (APA-96) under way while in merchant service as the Isthmian Steam Ship Co. cargo vessel SS Steel Admiral
    Original copyright by Alex Duncan.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Cecil (APA-96)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Hale, Peter Gerald15 September 1944 - 28 December 1944
    02CAPT. Lyon, George Dunham28 DEcember 1944 - 15 August 1945
    03CAPT. Casey, Thomas Joseph15 August 1945 - 24 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Postal Covers related to the ship
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