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USS Guilford (APA-112)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Papa
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,date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 873) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched 14 July 1944
  • Fitted out as an Attack Transport at Waterman Steamship Co., Mobile AL.
  • Commissioned USS Guilford (APA-112), 14 May 1945, CAPT. Edward R. Gardner USN in command
  • Following World War II USS Guilford was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 to 25 October 1945 and 23 January to 21 February 1946, while landing occupation forces at Iwo Jima and the Japanese home islands before being assigned to Operation "Magic Carpet"
  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 31 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 March 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Custody assigned to Moran Towing and Transportation Co., 3 December 1946, for towing from Lee Hall, VA. to Boston, MA.
    Delivered, 8 December 1946, to Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, East Boston, MA. for reconversion for merchant service
    Sold, 20 May 1947, to Pope and Talbot Inc., renamed SS P&T Navigator
    Sold, 24 June 1963, to American Foreign Steamship Corp., renamed SS American Oriole, chartered to States Marine Lines
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 March 1976, to Richpower Iron and Steel Corp., Taiwan
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt) 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492' 6"
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Officers 41
    Enlisted 437
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 91
    Enlisted 1,470
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity, 4,500 DWT
    non-refrigerated 180,500 Cu ft.
    Boats 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
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    one General Electric geared drive turbine engine
    two Foster-Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    four turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Guilford (APA-112)
    Guilford 67k USS Guilford (APA-112) in Mobile Bay, 8 May 1945, soon after commissioning. In this and the other later Ingalls-built hulls (beginning with APA-95), the Navy retained only the forward Ingalls goalpost and replaced the rest of the rig with two large single masts as in the Western Pipe-built units. The pair of kingposts between the stack and the after mast was also deleted.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-86365, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    131k USS Guilford (APA-112) at anchor, date and location unknown. David Wright
    AKL-23 62k USS Guilford (APA-112) moored pierside, circa 1945, western Pacific, possibly Marianas or Okinawa. Guilford appears to be embarking passengers most likely during "Operation Magic Carpet." In the foreground is US Army FS-288 which will be acquired by the Navy in 1950 and redesignated USNS T-AKL-23. Submitted by Ken Chappelle, photo by Tom Chappelle, First Engineer of Army FS-553
    Merchant Service Pope & Talbot Steamship Co. States Marine Line
    Guilford 75k Ex-USS Guilford (APA-112) in merchant service as Pope and Talbot Lines SS P&T Navigator moored pierside at Vancouver, B.C. in 1947.
    Photo by Walter E. Frost
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Guilford 68k Ex-USS Guilford (APA-112) in merchant service as States Marine Lines SS American Oriole on charter from American Foreign Steamship Corp. moored pierside at Vancouver, B.C. in 1964.
    Photo by Walter E. Frost
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    Guilford 425k States Marine Lines SS American Oriole on charter from American Foreign Steamship Corp. in the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, October 1970. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Guilford 323k
    Guilford 356k

    USS Guilford (APA-112)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Gardner, Edward Randolph, USN (USNA 1922)14 May 1945 - 16 March 1946
    02CAPT. Bunker, Forrest Robinson, USNR16 March 1946 - 29 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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