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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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 194511 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
  • Merchant Service
    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)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 18.4 kts.
    51 Officers
    516 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    79 Officers
    1,445 Enlisted
    Flag Accommodations
    Officers 43
    Enlisted 108
    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
    Fuel Capacities
    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)
    Dade 52k USS Dade (APA-99) underway, date and location unknown. Larry Proper
    Dade 148k 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
    Dade 72k 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.
    Dade 375k Ex-USS Dade (APA-99) underway as the Matson Navigation Co. cargo vessel SS Hawaiian Retailer, date and location unknown.
    © Matson SS. Co.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Dade Commissioning Memorabilia
    Contributed by Barry Stearns for his mother Nancy Smith Stearns
    Dade Dade Dade

    USS Dade (APA-99)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Olsen, Hans H. B. USNR (Ferry Crew #2)29 April 1944 - 9 May 1944
     Decommissioned9 May 1944 - 11 November 1944
    02CDR. DuVal Jr., Miles Percy, USNR11 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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