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USS Riverside (APA-102)

/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Tango - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 11 November 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 870) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 13 April 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 29 June 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission, 29 June 1944 as USS Riverside (APA-102) for transit to her fitting out yard at New York, N.Y.
  • Decommissioned, 8 July 1944, for fitting out as an Attack Transport at Atlantic Basin Ironworks, Corp., New York N.Y.
  • Recommissioned, 18 December 1944, CAPT. Louis Newcomb Miller USN in command
  • During World War II Riverside was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J. R. Palmer USN (13);
    TransDiv Sixty-One
  • Following World War II USS Riverside was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    25 October to 1 November 1945
    10 to 18 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 27 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 28 April 1946. for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Towed, 25 January 1947, by Dichmann, Wright & Pugh Inc., under General Agency Agreement from Lee Hall to Newport News, VA.
    Delivered, 25 January 1947, to Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. for reconversion for merchant service
    Custody transferred to Pope & Talbot Inc., 28 May 1947
    Sold to Pacific Argentina Brazil lines (P&T) in December 1948, renamed SS P&T Forester
    Sold to Moore McCormack Lines Inc. in March 1957, renamed SS Mormacwave
    Sold to Grace Lines Inc. in August 1966, renamed SS Santa Leonor
  • Final Disposition, ran aground, 31 March 1968, on Isabel Island, Straits of Magellan, abandoned and later sank
    Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 16,100 t. (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    Draft 38'
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 501
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 92
    Enlisted 1,923
    Staff Accommodations
    Officers 43
    Enlisted 108
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 180,500 cu. ft.
    two LCMs
    twelve LCVPs
    three LCPUs
    two single 5"/38 cal dual-purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel - 750 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 400Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Riverside (APA-102)
    239k 3/4 bow and 3/4 stern view of USS Riverside (APA-102) underway, 21 December 1944. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 4T.
    Photo by NAS New York.
    US National Archives Photo #'s 80-G-294169 and 80-G-294171 US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Riverside 80k USS Riverside (APA-102) at anchor off Leyte Island, Philippine Islands, date unknown. Capt. Jerry Mason, USN
    Riverside 83k USS Riverside (APA-102) Engineering Department photo, B Div., date and location unknown. Front Row right to left; Crain, Stavec, Nelson, Parks, Hawley, Leon G. Good. Second row right to left; Chief WT, Hackstein, Syzmastie?, Golden, Perry, Casey, Chief WT. Third row right to left; Joseph Harry Roberts Engineering Officer, Menard, Sood G.P., Moore?, Warthol, Herrman, Schoenster, White, Division Officer. William A. Good for his Leon G. Good USS Riverside
    Riverside 108k USS Riverside (APA-102) partial crew photo, date and location unknown. William A. Good for his Leon G. Good USS Riverside
    Riverside 57k USS Riverside (APA-102) at San Francisco, 7 April 1945. The deckhouses containing the Reserve AGC spaces are clearly visible in this profile view. The rig, a goalpost forward and two single masts, was typical of the later Ingalls-built hulls after conversion. This ship also had an extra pair of booms stepped directly on the front of the main superstructure.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-82861 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service Moore McCormack Steamship Co.
    Riverside 65k E#x- USS Riverside (APA-102) in merchant service as Moore McCormack Lines as SS Mormacwave under way, date and location unknown Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Riverside (APA-102)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    03CAPT. Miller, Louis Newcomb, USN (USNA 1923)18 December 1944 - 27 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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