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USS Dauphin (APA-97)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Lima
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 (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1675) at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Sparrow Point Shipyard, Sparrow Point, MD.
  • Launched 10 June 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Dauphin (APA-97), 23 September 1944, CDR. Bailey Connelly in command
  • During World War II USS Dauphin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 30 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Dauphin 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
    25 October to 6 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 3 April 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • USS Dauphin earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    1948 - Refurbished as passenger-cargo ship, SS Exochorda, for American Export Lines for service between New York the Mediterranean
    1959 - 1967 Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, Jones Point, N.Y.
    November 1967 - Renamed SS Stevens for service as a floating dormitory
  • Final Disposition, Partially dismantled in Chester, PA. from 1975 to 1979, resold to scrappers at Kearny, N.J. in March 1979
    Displacement 7,950 t.(lt), 13,143 t.(fl)
    Length 473' 1"
    Beam 66'
    Draft 25'
    Speed 18.6 kts.
    54 Officers
    498 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    91 Officers
    1,496 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 1,600 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 12,230 Bbls
    Diesel 675 Bbls
    one Bethlehem Ship Building geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,000shp

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    Dauphin 56k USS Dauphin (APA-97) at anchor while unloading troops, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Merchant Service American Export Lines
    Dauphin 827k Ex-USS Dauphin (APA-97) underway as the American-Export Lines passenger-cargo ship SS Exochorda, circa 1950. SS Exochorda was a member of the post-war quartet of ships known as the new "4 Aces" of the American Export Lines. Robert Hurst
    Dauphin 754k Ex-USS Dauphin (APA-97) moored at the Eighth Street Pier on the Hoboken, N.J. campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology. In the background is the 24-story Stevens Institute of Technology Student Center building. SS Stevens served a floating dormitory from 1968 to 1975 for about 150 students of the Institute. The view is toward the west, from Manhattan, across the Hudson River. Photo by Lou Gardella, as indicated on the original postcard. Robert Hurst
    Dauphin 70k SS Stevens deck plan, circa 1968.
    Image courtesy of Stevens Institute of Technology.
    Robert Hurst
    Dauphin 1708k SS Stevens (lower left) docked on the Hudson River, across from New York City, pictured here with RMS Queen Elizabeth, 30 October 1968. Photo by Louis Gardella, as indicated on the original postcard. Robert Hurst
    Dauphin 214k SS Stevens the permanently moored dormitory ship, was accessible via the main gangplank "A" deck (center), and the lower level "B" gangplank on the far left.
    Photo taken, 23 May 1975, by Bill Walendzinski.
    Robert Hurst
    Dauphin 276k SS Stevens at her moorings, 23 May 1975. View from River Road, later renamed Frank Sinatra Drive.
    Photo taken, 23 May 1975, by Bill Walendzinski.
    Robert Hurst
    Dauphin 225k Cover of a memento card showing the partially dismantled ex-SS Stevens. Stevens was formerly the cruise liner SS Exochorda of the New "4 Aces" fleet of American Export Lines As shown by the image, some items have been removed from the ship, including: stack, bridge deck, boat deck house, port-side portion of promenade deck, forward port-side windows on promenade deck, and port-side anchor, circa 1977.
    Image courtesy of Stevens Institute of Technology.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Dauphin (APA-97)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Connelly, Bailey, USN (USNA 1920)23 September 1944 - 3 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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