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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:
|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
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)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 26' 6"
Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
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
NSFO 8,510 Bbls
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) 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
||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.
||USS Cecil (APA-96) in the harbor at Batangas, Luzon, P.I., August 1945
||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.
||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.
USS Cecil (APA-96)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Hale, Peter Gerald||15 September 1944 - 28 December 1944|
|02||CAPT. Lyon, George Dunham||28 DEcember 1944 - 15 August 1945|
|03||CAPT. Casey, Thomas Joseph||15 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
Last Updated 13 May 2022
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