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USS Dade (APA-99)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 2 November 1943, as SS Lorain, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 864) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS.
Renamed Dade, 19 November 1943
Launched, 14 January 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 29 April 1944
Placed in reduced commission, 29 April 1944 to 9 May 1944 for transit to her fitting out yard at Hoboken, N.J., CDR. Hans H. B. Olsen USNR (Ferry Crew #2) in command
Fitted out as an Attack Transport at Todd-Hoboken Yards, Hoboken, N.J.
Recommissioned, USS Dade (APA-99), 11 November 1944, CDR. Miles Percy DuVal Jr. USNR in command
During World War II USS Dade was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Four (flagship);
TransDiv Seventy, COMO E. L. Short and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 9 April 1945
Following World War II USS Dade was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|13 to 19 September 1945||11 to 17 October 1945
| ||27 October to 24 November 1945
Decommissioned, 25 February 1946, at New York City
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
USS Dade earned one battle star for World War II service
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 18 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA
Removed from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River anchorage, 23 October 1946, by Moran Towing and Transportation Co. (General Agency Agreement) enroute to
New York City
Delivered to United Engineering Co. New York City, 26 October 1946, for reconversion for merchant service
Leased, 2 July 1947, to Matson Navigation Co. under a General Agency Agreement
Removed to Todd Shipyard, Hoboken, N.J., 9 July 1947, for drydocking
Sold to Matson Navigation Co., 21 July 1947, renamed SS Hawaiian Retailer
Title exchange, 12 May 1964, between the Maritime Administration and Matson Navigation Co.
Bare Bottom charter, 12 Mary 1964, by Matson Navigation Co.
MSC operation by Matson Navigation Co., 03 June 1965
Laid up, 9 November 1967, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 September 1970, to National Metal and Steel Co., delivered, 15 September 1970
Displacement 7,950 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 26' 6"
Speed 18.4 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 180,000 cu. ft.
two 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
NSFO 8,500 Bbls
Diesel 750 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double Westinghouse Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 400Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 8,500shp
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|USS Dade (APA-99)
||USS Dade (APA-99) underway, date and location unknown.
||USS Dade (APA-99) staging up landing craft in the Blue Beach Okinawa transport area, 1-5 April 1945.
US National Archives, Riverside Identification # 11147.
| John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
||USS Dade (APA-99) arriving in San Francisco Bay, 17 December 1945. Dade is returning troops from the Western
Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet.".
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 98714 donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN(Retired), in 2003.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
| Merchant Service
Matson Navigation Co.
||Ex-USS Dade (APA-99) underway as the Matson Navigation Co. cargo vessel SS Hawaiian Retailer, date and location unknown.
© Matson SS. Co.
|USS Dade Commissioning Memorabilia
Contributed by Barry Stearns for his mother Nancy Smith Stearns
USS Dade (APA-99)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Olsen, Hans H. B. USNR (Ferry Crew #2)||29 April 1944 - 9 May 1944|
| ||Decommissioned||9 May 1944 - 11 November 1944 |
|02||CDR. DuVal Jr., Miles Percy, USNR||11 November 1944 - 25 February 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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