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USS Goodhue (APA-107)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Victor
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (27-KIA, 117-WIA, Okinawa, 2 April 1945) Please note that NO Combat Action Ribbon has been authorized for this action.
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 7 January 1944, as SS Sea Wren a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1552) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched 31 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS Goodhue (APA-107), 11 November 1944, Captain Lewis D. Sharp, Jr. USN in command
  • During World War II USS Goodhue was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20);
    TransDiv Fifty-One, CAPT. J. L. Allen USNR and participated in the following campaign:

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

  • Following World War II USS Goodhue was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 6 to 22 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 5 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • USS Goodhue earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 11 April 1946, at the James River National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Merchant Service
    To Moran Towing and Transportation Co., 19 November 1946, for towing from Lee Hall, VA. to Tampa, FL.
    Arrived, 23 November 1946, at Tampa Bay Shipbuilding for reconversion to merchant service
    Sold, 6 March 1947,to Matson Navigation Co., renamed SS Hawaiian Citizen
    Converted to a container ship in May 1960
    Sold to Oceanic Steamship Co., 8 March 1971
    Sold back to Matson Navigation Co., 4 February 1976
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 November 1981, to Chi Shua Hua Steel Col, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt) 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 25'
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    Officers 41
    Enlisted 437
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 92
    Enlisted 1470
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,500 DWT
    non-refrigerated 180,500 cu ft
    twelve LCVPs
    four LCM (Mk-6)s
    three LCP(L) (MK-IV)s
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    SS Sea Wren (War Shipping Administration)
    Goodhue 122k SS Sea Wren (MC hull 1552), Western Pipe & Steel Hull No. 129, fitting out at San Francisco, July and August 1944. Tommy Trampp
    Goodhue 135k
    Goodhue 112k
    Goodhue 97k
    USS Goodhue (APA-107)
    Goodhue 281k USS Goodhue (APA-107) under way, date and location unknown. Wolfgang Hechler
    Goodhue 124k USS Goodhue (APA-107) with USS Dorsey (DMS-1) alongside, circa 1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 83406. Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Merchant Service
    183k Ex-USS Goodhue (APA-107) in merchant service as the Matson Line's SS Hawaiian Citizen arriving in the port of San Francisco, CA., circa mid-1950s Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    123k Matson Liner SS Hawaiian Citizen underway after being rebuilt as a container carrier, circa 1970s. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Goodhue 92k Matson Liner SS Hawaiian Citizen drydocked in San Francisco, CA., September 1978. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Goodhue 62k SS Hawaiian Citizen in the background drydocked in San Francisco, CA. In the foreground is USS Haleakala (AE-25), September 1978. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Goodhue (APA-107)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Sharp Jr., Louis Dent USN (USNA 1924)11 November 1944 - 5 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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