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USS Westmoreland (APA-104)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Juliet
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, 8 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 872) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 28 April 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 8 July 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission 8 July 1944 for transit to her fitting out yard at Hoboken, N.J., LCDR. James H. Graves, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned at Hoboken, 12 July 1944
  • Fitted out as an Attack Transport at Todd Shipyards, Hoboken. N.J.
  • Recommissioned, USS Westmoreland (APA-104), 18 January 1945, CAPT. James M. Hicks USN (25) in command
  • During World War II USS Westmoreland was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two (flagship), COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
    TransDiv Sixty-Five, CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18)
  • Following World War II USS Westmoreland was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 27 September 1945
    19 to 23 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 5 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 7 June 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Sold for merchant service by the Maritime Commission 2 July 1947 to Isthmian Steamship Co., renamed SS Steel King
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 August 1973, to Shyeh Sheng Huat Steel & Irons Works, Taiwan
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 23' 3" (lim)
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    51 Officers
    524 Enlisted
    Flag Accommodation
    43 Officers
    108 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodation
    80 Officers
    1,146 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 180,500 Cu. ft.
    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
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen 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.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Westmoreland 96k USS Westmoreland (APA-104) underway, date and location unknown. From the Fredrick Wood Collection. Stanley C. Svec
    Westmoreland 3619k Panoramic view of USS Westmoreland (APA-104)'s entire crew, including names, taken at Terminal Island Navy Yard, Long Beach, CA., circa 4 March to 21 April 1946. Names were provided by crew member William Fellner Christopher Yost for his father LTjg. Paul W. Yost USS Westmoreland
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    Westmoreland 210k USS Westmoreland (APA-104) Combat Information Center. Christopher Yost for his father LTjg. Paul W. Yost USS Westmoreland
    Westmoreland 82k Three USS Westmoreland (APA-104) LCVP's in the water, date and location unknown. Christopher Yost for his father LTjg. Paul W. Yost USS Westmoreland
    Westmoreland 139k Bow view of USS Westmoreland (APA-104) at anchor while lifting one of her LCP(L)'s out of the water, date and location unknown. Christopher Yost for his father LTjg. Paul W. Yost USS Westmoreland
    Merchant Service Isthmian S.S. Co.
    Westmoreland 347k Ex-USS Westmoreland (APA-104) underway in merchant service as Isthmian Steamship Co.'s SS Steel King, circa 1970, location unknown. Photo ©Airfoto Malacca. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Westmoreland (APA-104)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LCDR, Graves, James Harvey, USNR (Ferry Crew #5)8 July 1944 - 12 July 1944
     Decommissioned12 July 1944 - 18 January 1945
    01CAPT. Hicks, James Martin USN (USNA 1925)18 January 1945 - 5 June 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
    Bangor Public Library - Digital Commons - USS Westmoreland (APA-104)
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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